So, let me tell you first about the meal I decided to pair this one with. It was a nice spicy marina sauce that I added black olives, sliced Andouille sausage and mushrooms to. Oh, and I had it over angel hair pasta. And of course my sauce was spicy, with black pepper, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper and some other assorted nice spices. The pasta was boiled with some sea salt and olive oil (extra virgin) in the pot.
So, I purchased this wine because it was highly rated by one of my favorite salespeople and I have been trying to get more into Cabernet Sauvignons lately. This wine is is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Franc.
Let's start with the color which is a deep purple almost bordering on black. The nose reminds me of black cherries, harkening me back to Frank's Wishniak soda, to those that grew up in the Philadelphia area and had it before it phased out sometime in the early 80s. You also get a twinge of the alcohol power held within. The taste is a combination of those dark cherries, a little tobacco and a touch of chocolate. The mouth is somewhat chewy and the gradual release of the flavors from your palate is decadent.
I do love this, just not enough to be a ten. I have definitely had some better blends, but this one is great as it is.