Archive for the ‘cabernet sauvignon’ Category

Sincerity Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

This was actually the first case deal I got from Blanchard’s at $5.50 per bottle back in March. I wasn’t really sure what to expect at the time, but it seemed like a good value for a 7 year old Bordeaux-style blend. It’s 55% merlot and 45% cabernet sauvignon and made from organically grown grapes in the Colchagua Valley in Chile. It’s also a small production wine, with just 3300 cases made (and each bottle is numbered).

The first thing you notice about this wine is that it’s thick, dark, and jammy (and it throws a lot of sediment so you might want to filter and decant it). It’s well integrated and definitely around its peak age, a wine that should be consumed within the next two years or so. There are notes of blackberry, raspberry, chocolate, and a slight hint of honey, with a great balance of tannins, acidity, and fruit. It’s definitely a full-bodied wine best served with rich dishes such as roasts and stews or a strong-flavored steak like ribeye or porterhouse. I’m going to agree with Wine Enthusiast here and give it 90 points.

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Harthill Farms Cabernet Sauvignon (NV)

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

The last time I was at Whole Foods they had Harthill Farms Cabernet and Chardonnay for $4 each. While Trader Joe’s always has a number of wines for that price, it’s a bit unusual to find at Whole Foods, so naturally I had to try a bottle of the Cab. Just as I’m writing this I’ve noticed that there isn’t a vintage listed on the bottle, which I suppose isn’t all that surprising for $4 wine.

While the wine isn’t great by any means, it’s not bad either. It’s definitely a step up from Charles Shaw, and something I could see using as a house wine. A relatively fruit-forward, low-tannin cab, it has a light body with notes of strawberry, and a crispness that seems more like a Gamay than a cab. We had it with pizza, which worked well, as would many pasta dishes or burgers. It’s not something I’d pull out for a fine meal, but it works quite well as an everyday wine. Given the price, I’ll be generous and give it 80 points.

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