J. Wilkes Paso Robles Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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Color: Dense and rich dark ruby hue with brilliant clarity.
Aromatics: Black, plum, currant, cassis, ripe black cherry with hints of cocoa nibs, toffee and cedar.
Palate: Fruity, juicy and ripe on the attack --medium body plus with a rare combination of dense, delicious fruit notes and also a sense of balance and elegance, some Paso-dust minerality and a long, bright, fruity finish. Paso Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) gives the wine breadth, currant/cassis notes, big flavor and dense heartiness. Lagrein (15%) adds some grip and mild tannin as well as some complex mid-palate notes and a good, fruity/earthy finish.
Food Pairing: Strong, firm, pungent cheeses (Epoisses, aged Cheddar, Taleggio, Halloumi, Stilton) are a no-brainer for a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon such as this. Grilled meats are an easy choice too -- steak, lamb, venison, pork chops and make sure to make some reduction sauce with a splash of this wine! Cabernet also loves mushrooms, hearty bean-based dishes and nightshades (tomato, eggplant and peppers).
Wine EnthusiastThe aromas on this bottling are quite shy, with hints of cedar, dark cherry and loamy soils. There is a dominant cherry-flavored pipe-tobacco taste on the palate, with light acid and tannins.