Winery - Fratelli Perata Winery
Location - Paso Robles, California
Wine - Fratelli Perata 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva
Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation - Paso Robles
Alcohol - 13.0% v/v
Price - N/A (sorry, I forgot!)
Nose/Aroma - Beautiful rich earthiness made the first impression, along with olives, black cherries, and tobacco.
Palate/Flavors - Black cherry and plum, earthy tones, and semi-sweet oak spice that is slightly reminiscent of clove. Very well balanced and integrated, medium-full body with nice acid structure; not particularly astringent. Length finish of dried fruit.
Food Pairing - With its age, I would recommend enjoying it on its own. That being said, a nice mushroom stroganoff or a hearty ribeye steak would work deliciously.
Comments - This wine has aged very well and seems to be in its prime now. This was actually the first wine my father and I purchased together during a wine tasting trip just after my 21st birthday, and I am happily planning to hold on to a second bottle of this vintage for another year or two.