Friday, February 27, 2009

14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 ($12-$15)

Washington State

So here it first posting for a wine I've been drinking for almost a year now.  Please remember, I'm giving my own description of the wine when your tastes could find something different.  It's ok since all of us don't taste and smell things identical.  I always smell a wine before taking a taste.  It's amazing how much better a wine tastes when you take in the aromas.  Don't be shy and don't let anyone make you feel like you're a wine snob for doing this.  It's the right thing to do! 

I first had this Cab. by the glass in a great local restaurant, Urban Flats.  After finding it in a small local wine shop I was so happy to bring it home.  Chances are availability isn't plentiful at larger wine stores so look to your local shops.  Either way, this wine for me is a favorite with grilled meats or pasta with marinara.  It has a hint of chocolate and berries with a slight spicy feel on the finish.  I definitely classify this as "easy drinking" with mellow tannins.  Lastly, it's a very pleasing, smooth and silky wine you'll enjoy with or without food.  I'm out the door to find the 2006 which is a blend of 76% Cab, 20% Syrah, 2% Merlot & 2% Cab. Franc.
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