09 July 2012

2008 Terlato Devil's Peak

Terlato Wines International markets luxury wines from all over the world, and according to the website accounts for 10% of all bottles over $14 sold in the United States. There are a number of brands in the portfolio, many of which have been featured here, but today I'll focus on Terlato Family Vineyards, with operations in Napa and Sonoma since the father and sons company was founded in 1996. The twelve labels represent ten reds and two whites, with a focus on high-end, smaller production wines (250-3000 cases).

2008 Terlato Devil's Peak
Napa Valley, California
50% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
$48, 14.2% abv.
1100 cases produced

You have to love a California Bordeaux-style blend that front loads with a plurality of Cabernet Franc. Black plum and black cherry aromas with a hint of tobacco. On the tongue it provides a deep black fruit flavor with a slight roasted nut element. Mellow tannins and a good overall balance. This is drinking beautifully right now.

While I enjoyed it with a steak, I found myself craving a thick cut pork chop with an apple cider and maple glaze.

Note: This wine was received as a sample.

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