Friday, November 25, 2011

Wine Review: Rutherford Ranch 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

This wine is a deep dark garnet color. The nose has aromas of rich dark fruit, a hint of herbs, dusty cocoa notes, a bit of earth (terrior or "sense of place"), and a bit of vanilla oak. The palate has those same flavors along with a sense of complexity, all the elements seemed to work in harmony on the palate. This wine has some firm tannins, but yet when the wine had time to breath they seemed to behave and work so well with the steak and over stuffed potato that I served with it. I feel this wine would age well, and is great to serve now. The finish has a nice length, and this wine definitely should be labeled Reserve. It would be great with beef roast, all cuts of beef steaks, lamb prepared with a rub of garlic, fresh sage and fresh rosemary. This wine would also be great with cheeses, like aged cheddar, Cahill Porter and blue cheese. Note: This wine was a sample provided by the Rutherford Wine Company. SRP $48.00

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