At first, you notice cherry raspberry aromas, with darker sweet fruit in the flavors—even caramelized fruit. Not much tannin apparent, when drinking the wine on its own, and an unmemorable finish. But with food, it becomes more balanced, less sweet: the wine in your glass just seems to disappear. Try it with something not too heavy, like pasta with tomato sauce. Recommended.

WHO: Louis M. Martini
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Merlot (9%), Syrah (2%), Petit Verdot (1%)
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $30

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