It’s impossible to talk about New Jersey wine without talking about Tomasello Winery, one of the oldest vineyards in the Garden State. The 2012 is only the second release of this unique blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 20% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc, and it’s a definitely a winner. Roses, violets, dark red raspberries and cherries lead the aromas of this wine, all tied together with savory bell pepper, sage and thyme notes characteristic to cabernet sauvignon. Twenty-eight months of aging in French oak add balanced roundness, character, and finesse that carries through to the long finish. This is a big, juicy red wine.