Soma Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa Valley
Bold and expressive bouquet, masculine, smoky and ripe. Aromas of vanilla and clove, blackberry and dark plum, some black licorice and chocolate moments. Equally bold on the palate - no mistaking the warmth of alcohol, core of blackberry and plum, toasty oak and brown spices. Plenty of tannin and equalising acidity. Overall a well made wine with many classic Napa moments across the nose and palate. Drink now and through 2026.
Soma Cellars Cuvee Rive Gauche 2015 France
This is a Cabernet (70%), Merlot (20%) and Cabernet Franc (10%) blend. I really like the complexity and immediate appeal of this wine - a compelling bouquet of blackberry and tobacco, boysenberry and plum, a bold statement of newer oak with kitchen spices and wood-smoke. Very appealing texture with youthful tannins and plenty of acidity. A light VA moment is contrasted by a core of fruit then oak. Overall quite complex, lengthy and well made. Drink now and through 2026.