John (sharkman_75) wrote in carpe_vinum,

2001 Stella Maris

Last weekend Jen and I enjoyed a bottle of 2001 Stella Maris. This is a Cab/Merlot blend (44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 56% Merlot) grown in both Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys. This wine as aged for 19 months in both French & American oak barrels (79% and 21% respectively for those interested in that sort of thing).

This is a great wine with lots of dark red fruit notes (cherry, plum, etc) and a little spice. Having kept it for so long before drinking, it was really smooth and rounded. We drank this while dining on a roast prime rib (with an herb yorkshire pudding and broccoli). It all went together nicely, but would've been just as enjoyable with other foods.

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