Dark berry and cherry compote, cocoa and cinnamon nose moves to more of the same fruits, pomegranate syrup, dark chocolate and blueberry pie flavors. Rich, smooth, and very satisfying. I am so impressed with how good this wine is, year to year, for under $30/bottle. Napa Cabernet fans looking for a reasonably priced “House Wine” should buy this by the case. 13% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot in the blend. 30% new oak, mostly French oak. Fortune 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon eaasily makes my Best of the Best list.

I tasted this at Darms Lane, overlooking their vineyards in Napa’s Oak Knoll District (and the source for this Cab as well as their Darms Lane Cabernets, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay). It’s a beautiful spot and worth booking a visit here for the wines, the view and the hospitality. Beware: you’ll end up buying some bottles to take home!