We opened this 2012 wine while we were out in Galena and my, did it taste good! This was a Christmas gift from my husband’s first boss out of college. This guy knows wine! Last year, we were lucky enough to try the Wine Spectator’s wine of the year, L Cabernet thanks to him. This year, the wine he gave us came directly from his daughter-in-law’s family vineyard out in Napa.
The Materra Right Bank drinks like a dominantly Cab blend so I was pretty shocked to see the breakdown with Merlot taking the lead at 96%! Maybe Wine Spectator is onto something here because their new wine of the year is Duckhorn’s Merlot. There’s only 2% Cabernet, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec rounding the Right Bank out nicely.
The color is a rich ruby red when poured into the glass. It smelled just like Napa. I tasted some bright red fruits with cocoa, vanilla and loamy earth on the finish. Extremely smooth and paired very well with the Sartori peppercorn cheese and Lindt chocolate truffles we served.
You can order this wine on the Materra wines website for $50. An outstanding wine and perfectly priced.
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷1/2 out of 5 wine glasses
Cheers my dears!