Thursday, January 6, 2011

Winter's Cabin Fever Brings out the Cabernet In Me. Three under $15.00!

Francis Coppola's Ivory Label 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.99, 88 points, (Todd Kosha got me to try this) dark purple, with an aroma "to die for" (Black Raspberry wrapped in smoky milk chocolate), a smooth medium bodied Cab that rings with a gentle floral-spearmint, almost hibiscus, but with a spicy edge to its fair finish. Coppola's Ivory Label 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is very similar to the the Whitehall 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon but less than half the price at $14.99 vs. the Whitehall's $35.00, I would say that your best bet is the Ivory Label which I scored 88 points.
Todd is the Assistant Store Manager at Hannaford Bros. Market at 6 Hampton Dr. Londonderry, New Hampshire. Todd has some good suggestions and does a great job of presenting very interesting wines (Maybe the best of all their markets), and if you buy 6 or more bottles you get 10% off your wine purchase. You can call him for information at 603-421-0921

Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, $22.99, 88 points, is aromatic, quite fruit forward with a wonderful lush feel and palate rich, but being scored 88 points and costing $22.99 begs the question of value; for me it was worth buying, but maybe not again. Also posted on: Cabernet Sauvignon Vignette #9

Santa Rita Medalla Real 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $7.65-$12.00, 87 points, from Chile's Maipo Valley blends a near perfect combination of Quality Price Ratio; Santa Rita Medalla Real 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very competent, somewhat complex and a balanced wine (Should be room temperature), palate rich and flavorful fruit, with a fair aroma and finish, but at $7.65-$12.00, a no can beat 87 point Cab.

Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.00, 88 points, is another Q-P-R value which I found to be fruit-forward, but not offensively so, in character, gentle spice and fair finish, having a pleasant aroma; however the redundant score of 88 points is accented by a price equally as pleasant as the price.

All these wines can be readily found in New Hampshire, all are very good, but different, and some are incredible values. Keep in mind that prices change all the time, and what I paid maybe different from current prices, but any of these wines are worth $15-$25.00, the value of which will be reflected in your own enjoyment; for me they represent a walk on the beach, a ride on my mountain bike, watching the clouds stream by atop Mount Liberty, or just watching a Pileated woodpecker foraging for food, maybe one of these wines will someday remind you of eating-out with your lady (or gentleman) at a good restaurant, but however you muse with wine, do it safely and responsibly.


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