Time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. This time it's a tasty Sonoma County Cabernet.
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, smoke, chocolates, mocha, coffee, leather, caramel and peppercorn.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light vegetables, earth and herbs.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.
This Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now, with an enjoyable mouthfeel, nice complexity and balance.
Good by itself or with food. Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins, but enjoyable enough right out of the bottle. A very typical (and enjoyable) Sonoma Cabernet.
Peaking now and it won't be as good for long, so if you have one, drink up.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of cheeses and meats.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$26 — 7 days ago
2009. Only one plot at Silver Oak affected. Today, a family member commented that CA wines may be all gone. I responded I'd rather never drink another glass but have all those innocent people and homes back. In the meantime, we continue to drink our Napa faves in our cellar- it's Friday, so this one's a magnum. #NapaFire — 6 days ago
Been disappointed in Pax's more recent releases, by very much enjoyed this one. 14.7 ABV. Decanted 2 hrs ahead - big alkies nose to it, but not when you drink it, thankfully. Deep strawberry and blueberry, hint of dirt and smoke, low tannin. Very much enjoyed. — 3 days ago
One of my favorite things to do when I go into K&L is to look through their library wines. From time to time, I look down and smile when I see 10-15 year old Cing Cepages. Especially, at the price they are re-sold. One the best values in Sonoma/Napa Cabernet. This 05 followed the 05 Alban Reva and it was drinking perfectly. Soft, luxurious and elegant in the mouth. Beautifully ripe; black plum, blackberries, plum, dark cherries & black raspberries. Well balanced fruit and earth, nice baking spices, excellent florals, round acidity and well polished finish. For those of you drinking your new big red wines too young, this is they way to go. Buy library wines like these to keep you from opening your very high priced red wines long before they're ready to drink. Good library wines will drink much better and cost you so much less than your new big red wine releases. For example, I find these older Cing Cepages for around $35. The lowest price for their 2013 vintage on Wine Searcher is $59. For less $$$, you're drinking beautifully elegant and READY wine. For every new producers new release you buy, buy some nice library wines. You'll reap the benefits of patience down the road. Photos of; Chateau St. Jean, their vineyard grapes and Winemakers Margo & Don Van Staaveren and the Chateau St. Jean barrel/tasting room. — 19 days ago
Deep garnet red with a touch of ruby in the core. Aged nose with notes of plums, damp earth, truffles and tobacco. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and medium bodied. A touch toasty on the palate with burnt cherries, bark and some cocoa leaves. Medium to medium plus finish. Drink till 2018. — 5 days ago