2005 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Great. Complex. Serious.

may 8, 2009: we had this cab with chicago-style steaks, carrots and broccoli. we both really like it. we had cooled it because the ambient temperature was in the 70s, and we wanted to experience its development in the glass. greg thinks it definitely has a cat food aroma (his words, not mine), it's very smooth, the nose is meaty, in-your-face, but not overpowering. it has a slight floral scent to it. he says the flavor is smooth, very even on the mouth. at first it has a little chocolate and cherry, a bit tannic, and it definitely has a grapefruit aftertaste. victoria loves the dark cherry color and the heavy, almost-raisin nose. it reminds her of the scent of a bed of wave petunias that needs to be pruned of older blooms. the flavor is chocolate and cherry, but also floral. it's smooth, and yes, slightly tannic. this is a serious wine, with a bit of an attitude, since it might be too good for the steak. this is in contrast to the two angels petite syrah, which was a perfect match. 14.2 percent alcohol. about $20.

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