Markham Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $29-$35, 90 points, began in the glass opaque at the core trending a lush black currant purple with a transparent rim.
Cedar, sweet cooking spice aroma with a whiff of alcohol (14.2%), a bit of chocolate, and sea breeze reverse-christened this bottle of Cabernet!
Loads of chocolate greeted me with the first taste of this tart, acidic, and tannic, Cabernet; medium-plus body was juicy and tasted good with notes of blackberry, earth and cola flavors, but straight-out of the bottle, this one was a little rough. However, it mellows a bit with air, making for an excellent wine with hefty stews, spiced beef, or lamb.
Finished long on the rather strident tannin, spice, and some heat with eucalyptus.
This one may need a little time in the cellar.
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