Monday, February 22, 2010

Grgich Hills Cabernet

Grgich Hills Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Rutherford, California, USA

$38.99 -- Costco, Austin, TX

Color: Dark garnet
Nose: Cherry, licorice, cigar
Body: Full
Front: Ripe plum, cassis
Middle: Cedar, cafe Americano
Back: Vanilla, firm tannins
Burns clean?: Supremely
Cap: Cork

After one of the longest days ever, it's nice to have a stout Cabernet.  This one is beautifully structured, dark and dense, and likely to be really fantastic in a few years. If you drink it now, it needs air -- a couple of hours. And beware, it is throwing sediment. Tasty sediment.

It wasn't the perfect pairing with extra-moist brisket, but went pretty well with mashed sweet potatoes and deliciously with French bread. I'm pairing it with Toni Morrison, which I think is going to work out. Morrison would never end a sentence with a preposition. If you find an exception, send it on.