Hamel Family Wines, Sonoma Valley (Sonoma County, California) “Isthmus” 2018

($90):  This is a stylish and refined Bordeaux blend of roughly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot filling out the rest.  Leading with great aromatics, the emphasis is on elegance rather than power, though there’s plenty of that as well.  Fine tannins lend support and structure without astringency.  This graceful wine would be a good match for a rib roast or other hearty beef dish.
92 Michael Apstein Jan 10, 2023