Fact: Napa Valley is known for producing excellent cabernet sauvignon that’s full of bold fruit flavors while being elegant on the tongue. In this case, a little age has helped integrate both aspects into a smooth, satisfying whole. The hypnotic nose is full of fruit aromatics (cherry, current) and vanilla spice. Soft tannins let it slide over the tongue to a silky, fruity finish. A little merlot and cabernet franc offer excellent structure, support and a greater depth of flavors, from cocoa powder to cherry cola. The current vintage, 2006, sells for about $32 a bottle.
Feeling: Get the grill heated up and get out a New York strip. This baby calls for a hunk o’ meat. Let the wine evolve in the glass, and let your sense of relaxation follow suit.