Dry Creek Vineyard (Hillside and Benchland Vineyards) 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99-$19.99, 92+ points, was a crushed black currant purple/red with a broad clear wine ring and a heavily draped glass bowl.
Lovely floral aromas were accented by robust tobacco, cedar, clove and black cherry notes.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and grainy layered tannin supported a complex flavor profile reflective of the nose, but accenting red licorice, red fruit, and cola flavors were wonderful.
Finished long on the trailing palate, cocoa, blackberry, white pepper, and a warm 14.5% alcohol.
It will be rather difficult to beat the QPR of this value Cabernet.
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