94 points: You’ve got to love a Napa Valley Cabernet with this kind of quality to price ratio. Easily better than many competitors that cost up to three times as much, this wine delivers classic California character, low alcohol and big flavor, with age-worthy structure to boot. Brothers Charles and Stuart Smith have done it again, giving us blackberry and black currant fruit, cedar chest aroma, mellow spice and a long, well integrated finish. No high octane cocktail wine here — this demands a special meal.
Julie Ann Kodmur is a second-generation Californian who was born in San Francisco and grew up in La Jolla. As an eighth grader she was the runner-up in the state spelling bee. She’s lived in Italy and New York and now lives in the Napa Valley with her family. She is a marketing and publicity consultant in the wine industry. Her business life can be seen at http://www.julieannkodmur.com. This is the home for the overflow. The ‘title’ is a reference to a sculpture honoring an Argentinean journalist who practiced his craft in the 1930s before literally dying for his words. No such drama here, just hopefully some provocative fun.
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