If you look up “Bodacious” in the dictionary there are several meanings: bold, audacious, brazen and often attractive and sexy.
These also are perfect descriptions for Jon Nathaniel Wines’ 2013 “Bodacious” red blend ($60).
The name – Jon Nathaniel — is the project of father and son: John Komes, founder of Flora Springs Winery in the Napa Valley and his son Nat who oversees the winery’s operations. Jon Nathaniel celebrates small production and the wine-without compromise method that defines artisan winegrowing.
“Bodacious” is a brooding, muscular blend of 59 percent cabernet sauvignon, 29 percent malbec, 6 percent petit verdot and 6 percent cabernet franc.
The deep purple, multi-layered selection opens with strong notes of black currants and black fruit. Swill and wait for chewy flavors with notes of leather, blackberry and chocolate. Petit verdot contributes earthy, dignified characteristics and beautiful color.
Pour this outstanding blend with gumbo and jambalaya, grilled meats and braised lamb.