Just two this week; both from California. A fun Cab/Zin blend and a big Napa Cab.
2008 Sobon Estate Vicious Red
Appellation: Amador County, California
Tasting Notes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 8% Malbec. 13.9% AVB. Lighter color than you’d expect based on the blend. Nose is big red fruit, with some chocolate, cherry soda, and even tar. Make no mistake, this is fruit forward. But it’s not cloying, and really drinkable. Red fruit dominates, with cherry cola. Good structure, medium mouthfeel, some tannic bite at the finish. A great Wednesday night pizza wine, and something fun for your next summer cookout. Would be a crowd pleaser, but also keep the wine snobs in attendance happy. The word ‘fun’ keeps popping in to my head. (I’m admittedly a Sobon wine fan.)
Price: $12 at Beltway Fine Wine
2004 Amici Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Tasting Notes: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. 13.7% ABV. Very dark purple. Nose is big black fruit, blackberries and plum. Some chocolate covered cherry. This is what one should expect from a moderately priced Cali Cab. Huge fruit, but not off balance. Touch of vanilla, but certainly not overoaked. Some structure. Very smooth mouthfeel, big, big wine. Finish is a little lighter than I expected, with some heat a bit astringent from the tannins. Another wine that will improve with a decant to soften some of the edges, although the alcohol might still be a little off balance. A good match with your big ‘ol ribeye.
Price: $29.99 at Beltway Fine Wine