Fresh, fruity and approachable, this wine shows bright flavors of cassis, dark cherry and berry compote, with a subtle accent of cocoa powder. On the palate those flavors combine into darker, richer characters, making the wine medium-bodied without being overpowering. Nicely balanced with a smooth texture, the wine is pleasantly versatile and will make a great pairing for everything from pasta dishes to burgers to chicken.
California, United States
Aging wine in French oak barrels tends to add subtler, spicier characters and flavors, while American oak barrels lend more overtly sweet flavors and a creamy texture. American oak barrels are required for the aging of bourbon and rye.