Well-balanced and interesting, this wine offers good value and good quality. A classic Bordeaux blend, mostly Cabernet with Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, it’s friendly and easy drinking. It offers a toasty, smoky nose that melds with rich flavors of blackberries, plums, leather and spice. The winery suggests pairing it with rosemary dusted pork, rack of lamb, and aged cheeses. Some good choices: blue cheese, dry Jack, aged cheddar, or Parmesan. It’s only $20 retail and widely available in SLO County.