Drinking the 2006 Robert Skalli Reserve Cabernet from the Sud de France reminded me how much decanting can benefit a wine. At first, the Skalli was smooth but a little too dominated by oak. After an hour in the decanter, the oak had subsided and I was left with a rich cab with mellow tannins. It also had very appealing olive notes and a slight herbaceous character. Right now I’m dreaming of a grilled steak smeared with some smashed olives and fresh rosemary. Now that would be nice way to end your Sunday, no?
Full disclosure: This wine was a sample provided free of charge.