Robert Sinskey Vineyards 2012 Marcien, Napa Valley
Dark, deep and beautiful, this almost opaque wine’s aroma leads with a cornucopia of fresh fruit: black cherry, red currant, ripe plum, and blackberry; a reminder of the vintage’s generous sunshine and excellent harvest conditions. A swirl in a glass or decanter reveals complex hints of bay leaf, anise, cacao and graphite. The first sip is more savory and firm than the fruit-forward aroma cues would suggest as Kalamata olive, mocha, cranberry, and blackberry fill out the full-bodied mouthfeel with a sleek mineral-influenced backbone and a bright, mouth watering finish. This wine has a strong, elegant character that will allow it to be enjoyed with the finest cuts of meat as well as more subtle dishes like game birds, mushroom risotto and even many vegetarian preparations. If you decide to add it to your cellar, its longevity can be measured in decades rather than years.