Swirly, Sniffy, Slurp: In the glass a opulent purple-ish, ruby colored core, cerise rim and some nice legs. On the nose plenty of blackberry and licorices aromas kicking up some floral notes as well. Right away this wine shows excellent depth and structure for a Napa cab at this price point. Taking in that first slurp and giving it a good swish-about the black fruits are abundant and plummy sweet berries, with a touch of black licorice and tannins are polished and deft. It has some excellent layers that could suggest, this young Cab could lay down a few years if need be, but why wait it's drinking pretty fab right now.
Food-Fab: This is a an excellent foodie type wine and will pair with a large varieties items fresh off the grill, the kind of wine that will bend to your foods will. Decanting of course is recommended or at the very least open the bottle in the morning and leave in your hopefully cool pantry till you get home to enjoy in the evening.
What's the Score: This wine gets my drink now and drink often recommendation. Providing you can get this wine under $25, I would give it a solid score of 91 points. At the tasting room price of $36 my score would necessarily go down to a 88 points, when you factor in the QPR into the point equation.
Price and Where to Buy: I purchased mine online from a place called Gary's Wine Palace [or something like that] in New Jersey [hello no taxes]. He's selling this wine for $22 each not sure how many he may have left, but I did check with the tasting room folks who said they are down to the last 6 cases where it sells for $36. So if you want to grab some of this wine before the height of the summer BBQ season, you better get moving.
Other Voices: This is spot on my review where I let someone either confirm or conflict with my review of the wine in the spot-light, so here you go, Robert Parker.com had this to say about this wine: "A sleeper of the vintage as well as a great value is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. Its opaque purple color is followed by terrific aromas of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and camphor. The wine possesses sweet tannins, a velvety, full-bodied mouthfeel, and impressive purity and length." [should evolve for 12-15+ years]. So it looks like old Bobby likes this wine as much as I do, but hey what does he know?
Full Disclosure: Ha, nothing to disclose this time as this was a bottle I laid down cold-hard cash for myself and then went out got six more. I do have plenty of other samples in the queue waiting for the review process, oh man this "Wines of Chile" tasting I particpated in yesterday, geez can't wait to tell you about some of the mind-blowing vino me and several other bloggers discovered yesterday.
That's it for today folks, I hope you will come back next time as have an excellent inexpensive Spring and Summer time sipper that will definitely knock your socks off and sells $15 bones. You've never seen a wine like this, trust me [okay well maybe a few of you]. Are you a white Bordeaux fan? If so this next review is something you don't want to miss.