91 points by Wine Advocate
89 points by Wine Enthusiast
89 points, Silver Medal at San Diego International
Secret Craving is inspired by Food, the KamaSutra Art of Culinary Design. Featuring Bravo Top Chef, Dakota Weiss from the W Hotel in Westwood, California.
Dark in the glass with secrets to divulge, this wine is brooding, earthy, elegant, and generous all at once. In the nose, notes of forest floor temper the dark fruit aromas, with the added complexity of licorice root and cherry. Syrah and Merlot make the wine smooth in the mouth, with tannins more silky than velvety, revealing the pleasant spice of Cabernet Franc on the long, balanced finish.
Pair with foods featuring earthy, brown spices, like cumin, coriander, fennel or cardamom.The spicy notes of Grenache and Syrah complement the layered spices in the dish. Also, the wine's fruitiness tones down spicy heat, letting the dish's other flavors shine. The wine's earthiness harmonizes beautifully with elements like lentils, chickpeas and potatoes.
Serve at 59°-64° F
VARIETALS 34% Cab Franc 33% Syrah 33% Merlot
APPELLATION Paso Robles, California
AGING All barrel aged, with combination of new, neutral, and once-used French oak.