03 K Vintners, Walla Walla Valley En Cerise Vineyard "Ovide"
Is there such a thing as chocolate stew? Is there something slow-cooked in old cast iron with cocoa nibs, root vegetables, maybe a few hunks of macheted goat? Dedicated "For My Father - Robert Ovide," this blend of 65% cabernet and 35% syrah is Charlie Smith's most masculine wine, but it isn't fat and gaudy. The focus is pure fruit, despite enough oak to add mint chocolate to the aroma of pencil wood, eraser dust, blackberry jam, and eucalyptus. As expected, the dark berries are incredibly concentrated on the palate, but I never thought I'd taste every part of a pencil. A surging strike of acidity segues into French vanilla bean and tinny dark chocolate that might even conduct electricity. You could power a small flashlight with my teeth right now.