Our second take on the Chasing Lions 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a red blend from Napa Valley, California. Nice reward for a day of hard work, Lions comprises Cabernet Sauvignon (82%), Merlot (10%), and Petite Verdot (8%) and those who follow Notes will see immediately why it strikes a chord for this grape fan. Produced by Jim Ragusci (and some friends) of Ragusci Vineyards in Stag’s Leap, it’s aged 18 years in French oak–not necessarily my favorite approach but used to good effect here.
We paired the Chasing Lions 2010 with pasta salad, steamed broccoli, and beef. The wine’s earthy scent, its aromas of dark berries, nicely complemented the starches and spices of our dinner. Here are some specifics from the experts:
“It shows dark fruit aromas of black cherries, violets, and cassis. Blackberry, anise, and raspberry notes enhance the bouquet. Drinks beautifully now but like its predecessors, the 2010 has the structure and finesse to allow it to develop for at least an additional five to seven years.”
Looks like my first impression wasn’t too far off and, though I don’t get the raspberry note at all in my tasting, you might be interested to reflect back on those observations as I myself did. Still think the smooth finish and the easy comfort of the Chasing Lions 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast make it a great addition to your meal.