Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Lake County California 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, (88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah,
5% Petite Sirah, 1% Malbec), $10.99-$18.99, 90 points, is rosewood to purple in color, with a clear rim, the aroma is cooking spice, strong cedar, licorice, and just a hint of alcohol (14.5%).
A medium-plus body carries good acidity, fair tannin, and a bounty of fruit: bramble berry (usually reserved for Zinfandel), juicy boysenberry, and not quite ripe mulberry with a hint of licorice. Finishes well on spice and a bit of heat.
This wine displays 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.
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