With an opaque brick color and notes of toasty French oak, this wine announces its lofty ambitions. The fruit is subsumed by the oak right now but there is enough stuffing here to warrant aging for several years to allow for more integration. Smooth tannins suggest a lighter meat dish such as shepherd’s pie.
The primary aroma of raw game creates an assertively meaty nose, with underlying tones of char, brown spice and black fruit. Medium to full bodied, it feels open upon entrance before firming up on the midpalate. A note of spiced blackberry jam lingers on the finish with some warmth.
Grassy, citrus aromas are followed by fresh flavors of herbs, apple, lemon and grapefruit in this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Simple but appealing, it will pair well with grilled fish and spicy cuisine.