J. Doran Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
Today’s 2010 J Doran Cabernet Sauvignon, from our friend, winemaker Chris Doran, delivers a big, bold and decidedly delicious Napa Valley Cabernet experience.
This is a generous and under-priced wine that is showing well now - but will really continue to improve and evolve for the next several years.
Youthful and a little shy, at first, decant this wine for at least 30 minutes - or ‘beat it up’ by giving it a hearty bout of swirling, and you’ll be rewarded with a softer feel and more tender fruit flavors.
Dark and rich, we recommend pairing this wine with something sturdy, like a seared skirt steak in a bordelaise sauce with wild mushrooms.
Very deep, dark burgundy, and opaque from core to edge. After swirling, the glass becomes wine-stained with thick and slow-moving legs.
Complex herbal notes, primarily of thyme and sage, leap from the glass. Notes of concentrated fruit overtones with a soft coating of rich currant. After you let the wine breathe, deeper layers of classic dark red fruit and sweet tobacco emerge.
Initial notes of dark mixed berries, dusty bramble and dried cranberry. This youthful Cabernet is tight and compactly structured with a balanced acidity. As the wine begins to open up, undertones of tobacco and orchard fruits appear.
Medium-long if enjoyed right out of the bottle. Decant the wine and the finish extends, offering up dark fruits that slowly yield to subtle graphite and dark spice.