Posts Tagged ‘Californian Cabernet Sauvignon


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-nine

Barefoot Cabernet SauvignonThe Californian Cabernet Sauvignon extended mini tour continues with Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon 2008? It doesn’t have a year listed. That can’t be good. That’s ok. I got this because I want something that I don’t think is going to be too good. I want to try something that I hope will be 85 points just so have a reference as to what an 85 tastes like. I want to make sure I haven’t been rating too high. The Wine Enthusiast, however, gave it a Best Buy rating in November 2008.

I just did a little research from any of the noted tasters that I could find. Here’s what I got: Wine Spectator 82 points and Wine Enthusiast 87 points. That’s all I could find. Non-noted tasters were more aligned with the Wine Spectator.

So here it goes.

The color looks about right for a cab. The nose is very alcoholy with blueberries and cloves.

It has a jammy and bitter finish that gives me goose bumps, but not good goose bumps. After another sip I wince . . . a lot. This ain’t too good. I don’t even know how to rate it. It’s definitely not an 87. It’s somewhere between 82-85.

How can I ever trust the Wine Enthusiast again. There’s no way anyone can give this an 87.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-eight

Holy cow, it’s midnight, and I’m just starting the wine tasting. But it’s okay because it’s the beginning of a long weekend. Yay!

InceptionTo kick off the long weekend, my girlfriend and I saw Inception at Imax. It was a pretty good movie. It was interesting and unique and often predictable, but I got lost in it, so that’s good. I do wish it was more dreamy and surreal. It started to be, but then it drifted away from it except for a couple of cool fight scenes.

I do think the writers weasled their way out a bit at the end. I could see the ending coming by the way it was written. They couldn’t find a way out. But the ambiguous ending was fun. It was a good movie.

Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2007It needs to be seen on the big screen, as most movies do. So much is lost when just watching it on DVD on your tv. Nonetheless, I’ll watch it again on DVD.


I hope I get lost in the Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from Santa Rosa, CA. That’s right the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon mini tour is now the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon extended mini tour.

This is one has a dark ruby color that is 90 percent opaque. It comes with a fruity nose followed by pepper. I get currants and pomegranates, too. There might be also some melon in there.

It’s quite peppery. I get dark cherries and  mountain blackberries.

The finish is peppery and at the end are pomegranates. My girlfriend picked up on that pomegranate finish, and I concur.

It’s a good wine. Not great. It just is. Let’s say 88 points.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-seven

Man, I gotta get to reading some poetry books. Right now it’s all work, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, research, and some writing – poetry and this blog. But for now, the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon mini tour must go on.


Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006Tonight’s wine is Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, California.

I’ve heard good things about this wine, and the back label says, “black cherry and black plum fruit.” I like cherries and plums. Hm. I should start identifying what type of plum next time I taste plum. Whenever I taste plum, I always picture a black plum. I must expand my ways.

This one looks like it is aging well because the clear top part of the meniscus is very thin. The wine is ruby in color and 90% opaque.

Do I get bacon on the nose? I do get leather and dark cherries as well as juicy plums, but I don’t know what color. I think there’s a hint of white pepper and some currants, too.

I’m salivating. I’d better get to this now.

It’s big and has the body you’d expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the dryness. It has a spicy finish, too. If I were blindfolded, I would guess this is a cab.

The cherries and plums are hard to come by because it is so, so dry. I think there are some blackberries, too. If you pay close attention, you might get anise and mint on the palate, but they are barely noticeable.

It’s loosening up as it opens, and I just got bing cherries.

This wine is solid. It is a Cabernet Sauvignon. Because it is loosening up and becoming less dry, I give it 91 points. Not that I have anything against dryness, but this was really dry for a while. It felt like my gums were made of fuzz.

Oh, and it’s only $14.

Next time, the wine that has spoiled me off my regular everyday wines – The Hall 2006, which I’ve written about twice and the 2005 once.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-six

Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007Unfortunately,  this will be quick. It’s unfortunate because I know I’ve got a good bottle of wine for the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon mini tour. It’s Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from, well, 47% is from Mendocino County, 37% is from Lake Country, and the remaining 16% is from Napa County. Oh, this will be fun and schizophrenic.

As soon as I poured the wine into the glass I smelled darkness. And I smelled dark berries and currants. It smelled big and earthy. It looks big and earthy. Even its meniscus is dark for a meniscus.

As I put it to my nose I smell vibrancy and depth.  Also, there are sour cherries and cassis and just a hint of vanilla. It’s kinda funky, too, but in a good way like Roger Clinton funky.

The texture is smooth and round. It finishes with white pepper and bing cherries. There are some plums in there, too, and it’s helping create that smooth, round texture.

I’m enjoying the size of the body, too.

Everything seems to be jiving together well. I know I’ve been giving points lately, even though I don’t like to, but this one gets 89.

I’ll come back in an hour and update that.

Ok. Here I am. Back again. Smooth and enjoyable. It’s pushing 90.

If you have this with Yancey’s Fancy Champagne Aged Cheddar Cheese and Kashi’s TLC roasted garlic & thyme party crackers, then Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is easily a 90 and pushing 91.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-four

I’m taking a break from designing the cover for Redactions: Poetry & Poetics issue 13 with the wonderful guest editor Sarah Freligh, author of Sort of Gone. She wrote baseball poems!

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2007Tonight’s wine on the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon mini tour is Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from Paso Robles. I’ve had previous vintages of this vineyard, and it’s typically very good. Actually, what I usually have, and I just realized this while looking for images of the wine, is the Isosceles. Now, that is some good wine.

I just looked at this wine and wished I had a decanter. Sigh. I don’t have one, so I did something bizarre and hopefully smart. I poured the glass of wine into another glass and then back again. And I did that like 10 or 12 times to get some air in there quick so it would open. I seem to remember this wine needing some air. So I hope this worked.

Plus, by now, it’s been open for about 40 minutes.

It’s a very dark purple color. The meniscus is short. And it has legs that keep appearing from nowhere. So, yeah, it’s a cab with some alcohol. Yay.

That’s a big, earthy, dark nose. A nose of blackberries, vanilla, nutmeg, leather, and maybe some cherries.

My girlfriend gets Freesia on its nose. I don’t know what that smells like or looks like. Below are pictures of purple and white freesia, so try to imagine what that smells like.


Purple and white freesia

Oh, I smell it now?!

I like the juicy body. It seems a a hair too thin for a cab, but I’m cool with it.

On the palate, I definitely get plums. A bit juicy. There are some bing cherries and black berries  in the background. I think I pick up the freesia, too. And it comes with a peppery finish.

You know what? This would go good with brie cheese. For sure.

This a good Cabernet Sauvignon. I say approaching 89 points, and it’s getting better the longer it’s open, which is now one hour. So let’s say 89 points.

However, it’s over priced at the sale price of $20. It shouldn’t be over $15.//

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