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2012 Black Stallion Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 

Napa Valley, California

Retail $21-$25

Black Stallion's 2012 vintage experienced consistent fruit maturation throughout the growing season in the Napa Valley, and a heat spike just before harvest helped ensure optimal ripeness. The wine is a blend of 91 percent cabernet sauvignon, 5 percent merlot, 2 percent malbec and 1 percent each cabernet Franc and petit verdot. It offers aromas of black currants, blackberry, cedar, mocha and baking spice. On the palate, taste black cherry, cassis, plum, toasty oak and well-integrated tannins. Drink it with grilled and roasted steak, pork and game. Buy it at: Philippe's Wine Cellar, Dorignac's, Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket, Saia's Super Meat Market, most Rouses and some Winn Dixies. Drink it at: Cafe Degas, Mandina's, Silk Road, Messina's Runway Cafe, O'Brien's Grille, Giorlando's, Messina's in Kenner, Mosca's, Young's Steakhouse, Nathan's Restaurant, Christopher's on Carey and Restaurant Cote.

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