2001 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Lucia Highlands Grand Reserve, Soledad, CA.
$18. 14.5%abv. 3% merlot/8%malbec.
Decanted an hour before dinner. Deep dark shimmering purple. Explosive nose of dark sweet ripe plums and berries, tobacco, dill, and a little smoke. Mouthfeel is firm but very smooth. Sweet dark fruit flavors integrated well with the oak and a nice lingering chalky, Godiva liqueur finish. It's a decently priced, tasty cab.