Ravines “Maximilien" Red Wine 2014: $25 Very Good to Very Good+

Attention carnivores! The Ravines Wine Cellars “Maximilien” Red Wine (Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $25 [Very Good to Very Good+] may appeal to meat lovers like no other Finger Lakes wine in the marketplace.  Somber smoky aromas and a strong ferrous mineral streak strongly suggest the fire and blood of a seared steak.  For non-meat eaters, a good chunk of Parmesan (or a dish of Pasta Primavera) is a nice substitute. The butterscotch notes of the cheese seem to fill out the wine perfectly, making both cheese and wine more perfect.

Medium dark ruby garnet in color, the aromas are somber and smoky, featuring cassis, black cherry, ferrous mineral, toast, leather and earth. Medium to full bodied, soft, with a good deal of tannin, balance is good.  Solid flavors of (mainly) black and red fruit are accented by ferrous mineral, with lighter contributions of earth, vanilla, leather, and a touch of bitter green stems.  The finish is balanced, a bit gritty, with a strong ferrous mineral note and good length.  October 2017

Note: This wine should improve with age, and can be cellared for some time.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014