I’ve been a big fan of Gnarly Head’s Cabs for many years, and the Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is no exception. This regal, concentrated wine is rich with dark fruit flavor (currants, black cherries, and tart cranberries), and has a velvety “cab” texture that briefly exposes its well-integrated tannins just before a subtle taste of cloves and violets. Its consistent, black peppercorn “spice” makes it a perfect companion for meals with meats. Traditional “steak and potatoes” will always be a good combo, but the wine seems to pair even better with lamb dishes; lamb chops, roast leg of lamb and rack of lamb are perfect companions for the Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. The wine works cooperatively with Italian dishes, too, especially pastas with tomato or cheese sauces, or meatballs. A glass to accompany a robust cheese ravioli or tortellini plate is quite nice! And decanting a bottle makes it even more immediately amazing. Try using a stately Riedel Sommeliers Magnum wine decanter to help you quickly open this impressive wine. Cheers!