A juicy, rich red with currants, chocolate, hazelnuts and lemon peel. Some lavender and violets. Full body and round, fine tannins. Juicy finish. Generous and friendly. Savory. Cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah.
Secret Indulgence Reviews
Based on 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Tarot is a seamless, elegant effort that represents a terrific value in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by Stephanie Putnam, it has classic blackcurrant liqueur, cedary herbs, chocolate, and a touch of dried earth to go with a medium-bodied, balanced, seamless style on the palate. It’s ideal for drinking any time over the coming 7-8 years, and it will probably last longer.
Coming from the Sonoma Coast, the 2017 Chardonnay Evoluna was fermented and aged 18 months in 30% new oak. It represents a terrific value and has classy notes of white flowers, toasted spice, and lemon oil, with just a kiss of background oak. Drink this medium-bodied, balanced Chardonnay any time over the coming 2-3 years.
The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Restrained Red Blend is made up of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 9% Syrah, 8% Merlot, 5% Petite Sirah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, aged in 17% new French oak. A new wine in the Secret Indulgence range, sporting very provocative packaging, this big, bold, hedonic beauty is anything but "restrained!" It explodes from the glass with crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and blueberry preserves notes with savory/meaty/earthy sparks and notions of truffles, black olives, charcuterie and Indian spices. Full-bodied, the decadently fruited palate is jam-packed with black fruit, framed by firm, ripe tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and tantalizing.
The 2015 Oceana Chablis is scented of green apples, white peaches and lemon zest with hints of crushed stones and chalk dust. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has great freshness cutting through a lovely intensity of citrus and apple flavors, finishing with persistent mineral and herbal notes. Drinking well now, I anticipate this will cellar a good four to five years.