Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Lake County California 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, $10.99-$18.99, 90 points, was rosewood-red to purple in color with a clear rim.
Aromas revealed cooking spices, strong cedar notes, licorice, and just a hint of alcohol (14.5%).
The medium-plus body carried good acidity, fairly comfortable tannins, and a bounty of fruit: bramble berry (usually reserved for Zinfandels), juicy boysenberry, and not quite ripe mulberry with a hint of licorice.
Finished well on spice and a bit of heat.
This wine displayed a fair balance and complexity found in more expensive Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and at the power-buy price, I highly recommend this wine now and for the next couple of years.
Varietals were 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, and 1% Malbec.
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