Here’s a straightforward, plummy cab born in Sonoma that lets its fruit flag fly, at least up front, with notes of red plums and a cherry element giving way to some spicy pepper character as the wine develops on the palate. Moderate oak and notes of tea leaf and cola inform an experience that ultimately doesn’t deviate much from formula, which unfortunately makes for a wine that’s a bit short on nuance. The experience culminates in a finish that feels tight and rather blunt, its initial fruitiness whisked away into the ether. Paired with a meal it works well enough, but tasted solo things quickly become rote.
B / $50 / crossbarn.com