On the docket: Victor Vineyards 2013 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL
Poured into: stemless aeration glass
S: Red-violet meniscus that rings around a deep, intense ruby red body.
A: At the first inhale one gets sweet black cherry jam. There’s some pleasing alcohol present. Subtle spice.
T: The black cherry continues, but not as jam-like on the palate. There is an initial sweetness which gives way to earthy flavors, cocoa, and black pepper. Oak is balanced, adding a modicum of vanilla.
F: Smooth, fine-grain tannins and a full-bodied feel. Supple. Long finish of cherries and a dried herbal note.
O: An affordable, pleasant Lodi cab. Excellent on its own or with a simply prepared cut of beef.
Suggested food pairing: Osso bucco, venison, berry fruit tart, Havarti