Winemaker David Ready, Jr. has ties to Minnesota and that has a charm by itself. His real gift is making wines and this Alexander Valley Cab has all the earmarks of good taste and varietal character that are needed to want you to take this California red home tonight. There’s plenty of fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry right up front. Spice notes of sage and thyme hold well into the finish. Oak barrel aging adds some good solid vanillin and toasty nut flavors. Try with lamb chops on the grill.