Deadspin tells us that the vintage, which should hit stores this fall, is a "super-premium" 2007 Cabernet from Eastern Oregon. In a press release, Johnson promises this move isn't coming out of the blue, that he's "enjoyed wine for years and for me, Cabernet is king."
Master Sommelier Virginia Philips's first impression of the wine is already featured on Pymnts.com:
To the eye, the wine has a purple core with electric pink highlights on the rim. The nose is powerful, with much black pepper and overtones of ripe black cherry and rich berry aromas. There are notes of tobacco, vanilla and clove mingling with damp earth. Unctuous and full-bodied on the palate, there are chewy tannins leading to a lingering finish. The wine tastes well on its own; pairing suggestions include Steak au Poivre, Rosemary Crusted Lamb Chops or BBQ-rubbed meats.
The bad news? It's not cheap. Wine Spectator reports that the wine will cost $125 a bottle, with only 60 cases made. The KJ1 label features the image of the Greek god Hermes, who in addition to serving as messenger of the words was also considered a patron of athletics.
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