• By Allen Dale "Ole" Olson   |   Monday, January 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm   |     |   Print   |   Permalink

Late last week I was privileged to sample a couple of recently released Cabernet Sauvignons available  in Indiana for under $20 a bottle. The 2006 from Louis Martini’s Sonoma County Winery was a stand out with a strong finish all but free of tannins.

This 100% Cabernet ranges from medium to full-bodied with depth and complexity and a smooth texture. Pleasant to drink now, the wine maker predicts that six to eight years on, it will be even better.

The other Cabernet newcomer, also 100% Cabernet, came from the Wilson Vineyards in Clarksville, California, and is included in the Wilson “Crusher” series. This 2007 is very full-bodied with an exceptional finish. It, too, is destined for a fairly long bottle age but shows once again that California Cabernets can be drunk upon release yet are likely to profit from a few years of patience.

In the same tasting, we tried a 2007 Tamari Malbec, a chewy, toasty wine with a very appealing cherry color. It comes from the Tupungato Vineyard high in the mountains, from which it derives a crispness and freshness not usually associated with Malbec, and its price point makes it a very good value red in spite of a somewhat short finish.

Seven Daughters Winery in King City, California, gets high marks for daring and innovation but its bright red wine blended fom seven different grapes seems very busy on the palate. It’s 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet, and a mixture of Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, and Syrah, the latter somewhat dominant imparting a peppery finish. The producers admit they are aiming for a flirtacious wine that’s fun to drink. In that they’ve succeeded, but serious consumers may wish to stick to more traditional blends.

We are, however, always open to new tastes and new sensations. New World wine producers seem ready and willing to provide them.  

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AWToday 20/01/09 « AWToday   |   January 20th, 2009 at 5:55 pm    

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AWToday 20/01/09 | ArgentineWines.Com   |   January 23rd, 2009 at 5:15 pm    

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