Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Cabaret Of Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon is a most universally known and imbibed Red wine.
You knew that! Cabernet Sauvignon

Though Merlot's smooth drink-ability, its less tannic mellow nature (Some people are sensitive and prone to headaches), and Merlot's availability and price, often making Merlot the choice for many people drinking Red wine, not withstanding the misunderstanding of Sideways' main character Miles, and his comment: "No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any f___ing Merlot!", Cabernet is still King!
I have enjoyed the Cabernet Sauvignon's structure and intensity, its rich and unpredictable nuances, and its Berry-appeal.
Well, to the wine and the heart of this post.

I have tried some interesting Cabs lately and thought I might share my thoughts with you.
From Chile:
Root 1 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $5.60-$15.00, 86 points, has a sharp edge to it (seemed a bit green to me) and may need a couple of years in the bottle. It is lively and somewhat predictable, with black-berry and tart cherry. However, for $5.60, I bought a case!

Jim Barry Cover Drive Coonawarra 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, $17.99, 89 points. is a distinctive Australian wine, lively and more spicy than many Cabs. It is rich yet has a ripe tang to it. My son is not a Cabernet fan, but very much enjoyed this wine, and I suspect that at a cost of $17.99, you will too.

Zinfandel fans will remember "I'M BIG ON BUEHLER" endorsement, and here I go again with: 
Buehler Vineyard Estate 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, $17.99, 89 points.
This Cab is liqueur-like, it is rich, the alcohol stands out, it has sweet black-berry, and is altogether a delicious Cabernet.
The Buehler has been an undervalued wine for most of the year (I paid $17.99), and for a wine of this caliber, one that will finely mature, this is a steal. If you intend to quaff, see Beringer Founders Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, (reviewed below) or check out the Root 1 already mentioned.

Beringer Founders Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $6.49- $7.99, 87 points, is an all-around good wine, it is a typical Cab, and works well with many foods, by itself, with dessert, quaff-able and inexpensive for a wine which comes very close to being as good as Beringer's other more expensive Cabernet ($15.00-$25.00) wines.
With this wine, you CAN'T hardly go wrong.

My last Cabernet Sauvignon for your consideration is the most pricey Cab, but (In my opinion) the best Cabernet Sauvignon of this group:
Clos Du Val Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $26.99-$30.00, 91 points, is a firm, cohesive, quality rich, and balanced wine that is consistent and has all the grape-bearing-berry elements, is aromatic and has a fine finish, all that one could want under $30.00. This is a wine for today and tomorrow.

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  1. On the Buehler Vineyard Estate 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon: I opened a bottle of this wine yesterday, Jan. 15, 2017, 6+ years later) and though I was just drinking this Cab with family at a luncheon and didn't take notes, I was struck by how it had improved over time; of course it was smoother, but tertiary flavors had improved and subtle cocoa notes were splendid.
    Everyone one loved this wine. 92 points!

    1. Just took a look at CT, and the best score was the newest score, or otherwise stated: the older the Buehler Vineyard Estate 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon became, the better the scores, which would be consistent with my cursory observations.