A versatile and extremely enjoyable Napa Cab in a post-modern style: not a fruit-bomb and not over-oaked.

Plummy blackberry aromas with the heat of the sun-baked earth in the aroma, also notes of cocoa, leather and wild mountain herbs from this Eakle Ranch estate-grown fruit. Medium-hearty body with fine-grain tannins strewn throughout, along with more dark red fruit and some cocoa nib. This lasts into the medium-short finish, which shows a slight tinge of alcohol and a makes it clear this wine has a fair bit of acidity too.

FOOD PAIRING: remarkably versatile with everything from vegetarian and tomato-based dishes to simple meat or grilled sausages.

Recommended: 90 points – BSE

WHO: Pope Valley Winery

WHAT: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec

WHERE: Napa Valley, California

HOW MUCH: $42 (media sample)


About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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