Merriam Windacre Vineyard Russian River Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $27.99-$29.99, 91 points, appeared core black grading blood red at the transparent wine ring.
Smells of anise, black currant, cocoa, and sweet tobacco were pleasant.
Medium-plus body carried wonderful flavors of violets, anise, toasty black currant, chocolate, cola, and boysenberry.
A well balanced Cabernet with good acidity and layered supportive tannins.
Finished long on the trailing palate with a warm 14.5% alcohol, hints of eucalyptus, plum, and easy spice notes.
Paired perfectly with my spiced tenderloin and cauliflower in a mild cheese sauce.
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