Coffee, fig, and chocolate are on the nose. Blackberries and a bit of red currant lead on the palate, which fills out with mocha on the mid-palate. Tannins are big, dusty bordering on gritty, and mouth-drying. Black fruit dominates, but red fruit keeps a spine of tartness from attack through finish. Drink with brisket with a spicy kick. Recommended. 87.
WHO: Kennedy Shah
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Washington, Red Mountain
HOW MUCH: $52