Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2011: Great structure. Nice tannins. Medium-bodied wine with rich flavors of dark fruit, including black cherry and blackberry, with subtle hints of vanilla and mocha on the finish. Somewhat bold but smooth. $18-$20.
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin, Vintage 2011: If you want something a little spicier than the Cab, this Zinfandel is delicious. I have not had a Zin in a long time, but this is probably one of the best I’ve tried. The dark berry flavors combine perfectly with the spicy, peppery taste and little bit of oak. This wine was just as good a couple of days later after it had been opened. Gnarly Head is from the Lodi region, which is part of the larger Central Valley Wine Region of California. Around $10.
Hello, Wine Lovers!
I am so sorry! I took an unintended and unplanned hiatus. But I hope to be back now on a regular basis.
I will start by sharing with you a wine that I recently discovered. Well, I should really give the credit to my husband. One of the owners of the liquor store we frequent recommended this wine to him based on our consistent purchases of Apothic Red.
Southern Belle Red Wine 2011. A very flavorful wine from Jumilla, a town in Southeastern Spain. Its richness and dark fruitiness remind me a lot of Apothic. It is full-bodied, smooth and easy to drink. And I love the bottle’s artwork. Cost is $18-$20.
I could not find many details about this wine, but it sounds like it’s produced by Chris Ringland and is a “new” version of his previous Shiraz-based Southern Belle. I also saw a reference or two that the wine is aged in old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels, which is cool.
The liquor store owner told me that the winemaker only makes this blend about every three years so when it’s gone, it’s gone. I’m not sure how much truth there is to that. The Party Source website says they have this wine in stock, so it might be time to stock up.
Have you tried Southern Belle? Do you know much about it? Do tell.
The 2010 Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon from California is an OK wine. It’s one of those wines that didn’t really excite me, but didn’t completely disappoint either.
For starters, this vino is much lighter than a classic Cab. Not really robust but not totally flat. Nothing really stood out to me in terms of a specific taste. It seemed like a generic Cab.
It has an overall smooth taste and not a bad finish, but it’s not full enough for me. And frankly, it’s kinda bland.
It is a bargain at under $10, but there are many other Cabs out there that I’d rather spend my money on.
I think I’m somewhere in between the frown and the flat, indifferent face.
What are some of your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon wines?
I honestly don’t remember where or when we got the 2009 Clos Du Bois Marlstone wine. I did not buy it, so it must have been a gift from someone.
Clos Du Bois Marlstone is a red Bordeaux blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The Marlstone line is from Clos Du Bois’ proprietary series of higher-end wines. Select vineyards in California’s Alexander Valley were created specifically to make this series of wines.
It is a medium- to full-bodied red with flavors of blackberries and cherries. I also tasted a lot of oak. There is a nice balance between the fruit flavor and the acidity. This blend is fairly high in tannins and a little on the dry side.
I believe this wine is in the mid $40 price range. More than I usually spend. I liked the wine OK, but not enough to purchase on a regular basis, especially at that price point.
I’ve tried a couple of new wines lately. Both white. Both very good. I thought I’d better try a couple more whites before Fall settles in.
Simply Naked Unoaked Chardonnay, California 2010. This Chardonnay is not oaked- aged, just how I like it. It is instead fermented in stainless steel, which allows the true fruit flavors to shine through.
Simply Naked is a very approachable medium-bodied white wine with a crisp fruit taste. I definitely tasted a strong green apple flavor. A good choice even if you’re not a Chardonnay lover. Without the oak, you don’t get that buttery flavor. Just under $10.
Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This Chilean white wine has the typical acidity and citrus taste of a Sauvignon Blanc. Light-bodied, crisp and a little tart, with flavors of grapefruit and lemon. One of the better Sauv Blancs I’ve had for the price. About $10-$11.
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