Forefront Cabernet Sauvignon, $22.00

This is a second label for California stand-out Pine Ridge. While labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon (at 88 percent), the Forefront includes dollops of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot sourced from Napa, Lake and Sonoma Counties. The dark berry fruit aromas have a pleasant touch of herb and Anaheim pepper. Juicy blackberry and cassis flavors fill the palate, backed by food friendly acidity. Big enough to go with beefy barbecue; restrained enough not to over-power on a hot summer day.