The nose is interesting, with blackberries, mocha, and a bit of tobacco leaf. The palate is interesting, too, with surprising cherry fruit in the lead, a background of blackberry, and hints of tobacco leaf. Very soft mocha shows upon the mid-palate. The mouthfeel is full and smooth, tannins very finely dusty. The finish is medium length. Drink with a black-and-blue ribeye (charred on the outside, rare inside) and sweet potato fries. Highly recommended.

WHO: Stonestreet
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Alexander Valley, California
WHEN: 2004
HOW MUCH: $38.99

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