Life has been completely crazy lately! I have had a chance to enjoy a couple of wines…just haven’t had much time to write about them. Here are a couple of nice Cabernet Sauvignon varieties I’ve recently tasted.
2009 Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon. A Cab Sauv from California with flavors of black cherry, vanilla and chocolate. Medium bodied with moderate tannins, this wine is easy to drink. It paired nicely with the pork loin we had for dinner.
2010 Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon. Root: 1 wines are known as the “original ungrafted” wines as the grapes are grown in the ungrafted root systems of the Colchagua Valley in Chile, which results in intense, ripe fruit flavors.
This wine has a strong cherry aroma with deep flavors of tangy blackberry and vanilla. It is a full-bodied wine with soft tannins and good structure. I’d love to eventually try the Root:1 Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc.
You should be able to find these wines for $10-$12 each.
Last April Tony and I went to a Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting and we decided to purchase one of the high end cabs after tasting them. The 2007 Oakville East Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon was our big purchase. It was cost about $65 a bottle and we decided to open it sometime in 2012 and for an occasion. Last night we opened it on Valentines day to celebrate my new job (a great way to celebrate).
Oakville East Exposure Winery sits on the land slide from the Vaca mountain range and it borders the eastern side of Napa Valley. It receives the perfect amount of morning sun that continues through out the day that gives the perfect ripening and maturing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the blend of grapes comes from 6 different micro vineyards that are planted on the side of the mountain. The rich iron soils, the organic green farming methods, and the sun exposure are the perfect base for this Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course the Cab is filled into 80% new French Oak Barrels and aged in natural cool caves formed in the mountain. Seriously you couldn’t ask for better conditions for a wine.
The 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot give the perfect blended wine. This wine you want to decant for at least an hour or two before drinking. The smell of cedar and oak fills the glass as you pour. Then after swirling to release the alcohol vapors you can smell the rich fruit of plums, strawberries, blueberries. I could taste a hint of coffee and cream. It was the perfect blend of fruit, oak, cream, and smoke. For the price I believe that I will splurge and pick up a couple more bottles and save them. Oakville East Exposure 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best wines I have ever tasted.
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