2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Intense cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla aromas are complemented by licorice, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke. Plush, velvety black and blue fruit flavors pick up mocha and peppery spice nuances with air. The vanilla quality repeats on the persistent finish, which is firmed by dusty, building tannins. Shows its structure with air but doesn't come off as hard or edgy.