Kunde Sonoma Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.99-$21.99, 90 points, poured a deep ruby with maroon tints grading a crushed black currant purple/red toward the glass shallows and bright clear wine ring.
Aromas began with good black currant, blackberries, and hints of violets, but hours into the wine, subtle lovey sandalwood and red raspberry notes developed.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and layered moderately supportive tannins carried early flavors reflective of the nose, but gradually peeping-out from the thickets of dark fruit came hints of red raspberry, anise, and noticeable spiciness.
Finished well with superb hints of oak and plum with a sweet-spot 14.5% alcohol, and the trailing palate.
Paired perfectly with my proletarian grass-fed cheese burgers on sweet Hawaiian rolls.
Though I like to open wines and begin drinking them right away, this Cabernet developed nicely and tasted better as it breathed, as do many very good wines.
You don't have to always go to Napa for quality Cabs, and for sheer value (QPR), this Sonoma Cab is hard to beat.
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