Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

This expressive Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley boasts notes of dried cherries, baking spices, and espresso beans on first open. On the palate, blackberry jam and bright acid counteract its denser aromas. But, as Chateau Montelena explains, further resting results in more complex notes of dried ginger, anise and cocoa. A lovely wine to share over the colder months, it’s rich and full-bodied.

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