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Dry Creek Vineyard 2008 Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon

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One of the finest Sonoma County cabs I’ve had recently, the Endeavour is this winery’s flagship. It was grown in Dry Creek Vineyard AVA in Sonoma Valley, and I was thrilled at the first sip of this handsome, harmonious red blend. Mostly cabernet with seven percent petit verdot and two percent merlot, its forward ripe fruit flavors are beautifully balanced and maintain elegance from the first sip to the last. Attractive flavors of black cherries, blackberries, currants, and zingy plums are nicely offset by nuances of bright cranberries, herbs, dark chocolate, and spice. While it’s sure to impress you now, cellaring it will yield even greater rewards. A wine made for very special moments, pair it with equally great meals: New York steak topped with good bleu cheese, veal chops with a rich mushroom sauce, or venison with a zingy currant sauce. Available online at drycreekvineyard.com, it’s $65 retail—and priced quite fairly compared to its Napa Valley peers.

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