Lush and bold, the Cycles Gladiator 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with rich dark fruit aromas. Brooding mocha, raspberry and black cherry notes are immediately revealed, and then supported by dusty tannins and well-balanced acidity. Broad on the palate, this multifaceted wine is very approachable when consumed. Sourced from Central Coast vineyards harvested in the early morning hours while the wine grapes are still cool and firm, this wine is vibrant and supple with brilliant flavors of red fruits, clean structure and pleasing tannins. The complex, dark flavors stand up to rich meats and hearty pasta dishes. Try it with horseradish topped Filet Mignon and mashed red potatoes, an old family recipe for spaghetti with meat sauce or smoky, grilled bratwurst and blue cheese potato chips.
(From 2013 Vintage) With big black cherry fruit character on the nose and a violet crimson color, this Lodi Cabernet is a bold presence in the glass. On the palate bright flavors of dried red currants and blackberries imbue the wine's velvety mouthfeel with a mild semi-sweetness. Plush tannins combine with spicy flavors to create a smooth finish with a touch of dryness.
This full-bodied Cabernet is equally at home at a casual barbecue served up with slow roast pork shoulder or at dinner with New York Strip Steak.