Sequoia Grove Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, $25.49-$32.99, 92 points, appeared just a shade softer deep purple/red than some of the recent Cabernets reviewed, and was opaque up to the clear rim.
Flowers, blackberries, and toasty vanilla on the nose were wonderful.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity, well layered tannin, and rich flavors of truffle, blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry, cardamom, and chocolate notes, all of which culminated in a fabulous red table wine.
Pair this wine perfectly with lamb rib-chops, rare steak (rib-eye will do for me), or serve with rich stews with a hearty bread and butter for winter dining.
Finished juicy with some spicy heat (14.2% alcohol) and just a hint of spearmint.
I am reminded of Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier saying something like: "All these California wines are so good!"
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