A rich, full nose begins with cherry and chocolate over hugely coffee underpinnings for a velvety effect. Promises made by the aroma are fulfilled by a big, beautifully chocolaty mouth-feel. Dense flavors of chocolate and coffee predominate, effectively lightened and balanced by slightly spicy tannins on the finish. With more time and exposure, vanilla flavors also come through on a finish pleasantly lacking in heat. This would be a natural with anything involving wild mushrooms: rich enough to handle intense earthy flavors but smooth enough not to overwhelm. Lovely.

WHO: Sinclair Estate Vineyards
WHAT: Cabernet sauvignon
WHERE: Walla Walla, Washington
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $45

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Erika Szymanski studies wine science dissemination at the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She holds Masters degrees in both microbiology and English rhetoric and composition and wants, someday, to help improve the structures through which scientists communicate with each other, industry, and the world. Erika was named 2012 Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year for her work on Palate Press.