With neighbors like Opus One and Rubicon, this was bound to be a keeper. Nose of cedar, anise, tobacco, and fresh leather. Flavors of blueberries, cassis, and chocolate with soft, well-integrated tannins. Velvety finish. Nice now, but will be even better by 2013. (NOTE: This is not the Howell Mountain Cab.) Cries out for a grilled hanger steak with its rich, beefy flavor. Highly recommended. GT

WHO: Rutherford Grove
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $40.00

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Gary Thomas
Wine Review Editor

Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.