Impenetrable staining ruby density. Youthful arrogance explodes out of the glass, explaining in no uncertain terms this will not be your Napa Valley 95-pt plush chocolate bling-bomb. This is pure hand-hewn Dry Creek Valley, with an edginess of fruit and abrasiveness few regions can express quite equally. It harkens back to the ‘frontier days’ of Sonoma County, but a modern extraction and concentration and clean-ness of focus tells you this is the 21st century. Rusty iron, eucalyptus, briar, and blasted volcanic soil meld with nutmeg and cinnamon. An AMAZING wine, deep and ripe in the nose and mouth, awash in chewy fruit and marscapone, and a bitter temper rages through the salted seaweed and pecan-pie fullness. Black tea and oak bark tannin comes looking for YOU, and you slam the door, turning back to your decadent pie, clinging to all the sweetness and brilliance and depth, but it never takes a break. A near-perfect example of Dry Creek Valley Cabernet.
2012 Wallace Creek Vineyards NOBIS Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County 14.2