Rich and seductive
Cabernet Sauvignon swirls
in my glass. Velvet.
I wrote this haiku for Cabernet Sauvignon because I love it so much. What’s not to love? Cabernet Sauvignons (when they’re well-made) tend to be plush and velvety, with lovely black fruit, spice and mocha aromas and flavors. Cabernet Sauvignons are among the most age-worthy of all red-wines, even here in California, where most wines are produced with a drink-it-tomorrow mentality.
Here at Rancho Wine Wench, we enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon with grilled Rib-eye and T-bone steaks with all the fixins, but it also pairs really well with a variety of hearty, lightly seasoned foods.
I recently tasted a BUNCH of California Cabernet Sauvignons – the following wines were my favorites:
Wine Wench Favorite!
Louis M. Martini
2008 Lot No. 1, Napa Valley $120
This amazing wine really lives up to its price tag. It is simply one of the best Cabernet Sauvignons that I’ve ever tasted (and I’ve tasted hundreds, if not thousands). Enticing aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry, cassis and exotic spice continue as flavors in the decadently rich, seamless mouthfeel. It is Casanova in a glass – made my knees weak.
2008 Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley $95
A worthy splurge – this gorgeous wine is worth every penny of its $95 price tag!
Chocolate-covered-cherry (the expensive kind), spice incense, cigar box and mocha aromas and flavors abound, all wrapped up in a velvety-rich mouthfeel. Makes me want to have a naked chocolate-covered-cherry eating contest. Grin.
2009 Dry Creek Valley $32
Can you say “bargain?” I knew ya could! This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with a bargain price tag! Alluring aromas of cherry compote, rose petal and cedar lead into a smooth mouthful of consistent flavors. Picture Salma Hayak, wearing only an apron and stiletto heels making cherry compote. A big bunch of heritage roses sit on the counter. She takes a sniff, then sighs with pleasure…
Louis M. Martini
2008 Alexander Valley $35
In my humble, wenchy opinion, this wine stands right up to LMM’s pricier offerings. Huge dark fruit (plum, black cherry, blackberry), cigar box and mocha aromas explode from the glass and continue as flavors in the plush, velvety mouth. Buy some! Buy some now!
2008 Napa Valley $85
OMG – talk about seductive! Irresistible aromas of ripe cherry, cassis, clove incense and cedar lure you in to a velvety mouthful of bliss. Picture Bradley Cooper, wearing a black smoking jacket, feeding you ripe cherries as you lounge in his bed…
2008 Grand Reserve CA $28
This wine is a beautiful bargain, just like finding a brand-new designer dress in a thrift shop! It is Cabernet Sauvignon with a capital “C.” Classic aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, mocha and spice box abound, all lovingly stitched together with a luscious, velvety mouthfeel.
Louis M. Martini
2008 Napa Valley $25
I seem to be in love with Louis Martini, or his wines, at least. I have LOVED every one I’ve tasted! This 2008 Napa Valley Cab is a fantastic deal! Green olive, savory herbs (mint, sage and anise) and dark chocolate aromas and flavors abound, from the first sniff, through the richly textured mouth and on through the finish. A steal for $25!
2007 Napa Valley $64
Complex, spicy, intense and flavorful, with abundant blackberry, cherry, chocolate and curry – this deliciously intense wine is an adventure to sniff and sip. Lovely!
Smith & Hook
2009 Central Coast $30
This is an in-your-face style Cab. It is intensely rich and loaded with black cherry, plum, anise and mint aromas and flavors. It should come with a warning label, because it is entirely too easy to drink.
2008 Alexander Valley $37
Enticing aromas of cassis, black cherry, blackberry, cedar and vanilla delight the nose and lure the taster into a velvety mouthful of consistent flavors. Nice!