Just at the base of the St. Helena highway sits an unpretentious, welcoming, log cabin building, mostly obscured by the towering Sequoia trees that lend their name to the winery.  Sequoia Grove Winery should be showing up on your radar, if it isn’t already.  

I’ve long been a fan of this winery;  their Napa Valley Cabernet is consistently outstanding and their Reserve wines are truly something special.  The 2008 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet is no exception.  Dark puple in the glass with very generous aromas of cassis, crushed blackberry, red earth, dust, and sweet black licorice, the flavors expand and broaden on the palate into a seamless, well integrated whole – which becomes elegant and aristocratic, in comparison to some of it’s brawny Napa counterparts.  The wine is balanced and only moderately tannic, so while I’m sure it will last well in the cellar for 5-7 years, this is approachable now.  Delicious with juicy burgers with sauteed mushrooms, Testun Barolo cheese, and red skinned potatoes.  92 points, about $28.

The 2008 Sequoia Grove, in duplicate!  Such an elegant stain to the label.

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