This is a wine you can just relax into – and maybe that will be my go-to style of wine for the upcoming year, considering the daily stress we are all laboring under: relaxing wine. This is a classic Bordeaux-style red blend, with a touch of modernity. It begins with robust dark cherry aromas, burnt-sugar around the edges. Smooth fruit on the palate with a tinge of eucalyptus. The style is not overwhelming, it just works. Nicely balanced acidity. Good fruit. Extreme in only one way: extremely pleasant to sip, with or without food. Will pair best with simple dishes like grilled steak or pork tenderloin.

Highly Recommended: BSE

WHO: Mullan Road Cellars
WHAT: 45/% cabernet sauvignon, 38% merlot, 14% cabernet franc, 3% malbec
WHERE: Columbia Valley, Washington State
HOW MUCH: $41 (media sample)

About The Author

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 has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, 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. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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