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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

2008 Fisher Vineyards Unity Cabernet Sauvignon

Unity is a wine that is produced by the Fisher family who have been growing and producing wines in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County since 1973. It's a blend of 80% Napa County fruit and 20% fruit from Sonoma County. The varietal breakdown is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc.

On the nose I get black cherry, black raspberry, spice, creamy milk chocolate, raspberry licorice, and some wild flower notes. There's also a good dose of spicy French oak and hints of scorched earth.

On the palate I get flavors of rich black raspberry, chocolate, black licorice, spice, oak, and cassis. It's got a great savory chocolate essence on the finish and the tangy licorice note that is very nice. There's also a bit of toasted oak on the finish that adds an extra touch of complexity. It's a very nice wine with lots of heavy and dark fruit characteristics, but I just worry that it's just slightly over done. The alcohol seems to spike just a touch on the finish.

I would strongly recommend that this wine be drunken on it's own. I tried it with a variety of foods and I think it gets just a bit to alcoholic when it's paired with food for some reason. Keep it away from spicy foods and I would suspect that some heavy duty cheeses might just smooth this baby out a touch. 89 Points

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