Wine Name/Vineyard: Black Label
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 100% Cab Sauvignon
Bottle size: 750 ml
Region: North Coast
State or country: California
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 89 points
Review date: October 31, 2021
About the Winemaker: F. Stephen Millier describes his Black Label Series as “made up of incredible wines that stand alone.” The Black Label wines, are vineyard blends released through Nakedwines.com. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes selected for this wine were grown in proprietary vineyards.
Nose: Red berries, bright cherry, oak, and a touch of smoke.
Taste: Baking spice, bright cherry, mineral notes, and a hint of pie crust. Sustained finish with cinnamon and oak.
Assessment: The bottle describes this wine as “elegant” I couldn’t agree more. I expected a big bold California wine; I found a reserved offering featuring fantastic mineral notes, complimented by bright acidity and silky tannins. The wine is well balanced, has a light to medium body, and offers a velvety mouthfeel.
I believe the winemaker, when stating that “the wine stands alone,” meant that no food is necessary to enjoy it. This might be true, but I think the brightness of the juice alongside the flavor notes make this a perfect choice for Thanksgiving dinner.
Pairing recommendation: Turkey, duck, or game hen.
The Barrel Cellar rates F. Stephen Millier’s Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points.