Not a super-young wine, probably at its peak now, it has the distinction of being a Napa Valley red with only 13.7% alcohol: nicely restrained level.  And nicely touched up with oak that is barely there – refreshing in a wine from this area (which unfortunately does affect the pricing). After just being poured into a glass, this wine’s aroma is combination of cooked fruit and green bark with a bit of cherry and raspberry.  At first somewhat thin bodied, the wine opens into plumminess.  Mild tannins unobtrusively outline the flavors. It has a finish that’s actually short but contains the kind of stimulating acidity that makes you immediately pick up your glass for another sip.  Nothing extremely special, but it works with quite a few easy meals as the cab franc and low alcohol rein in any tendency to overpowering fruit here. Pair with a good ol’ American meal like burgers and salad or simply-cooked vegetables. Recommended (89). BSE

WHO: Twomey Cellars
WHAT: 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
WHERE:  Napa, California
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $40 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work appears in many national publications including Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television.