Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dominican Oaks, Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 $16

Napa, CA

After strolling the aisles of this large wine store, I was becoming overwhelmed with what to try in a new Cab.  I had my list of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 but I can’t really afford most of those even though I’m sure they’re amazing.  One of the sales guys was re-stocking the racks and I decided to ask what he was drinking these days.  I forgot his name or I’d thank him here for this selection.

Filled with aromas of bright berries, dark cherry and a few subtle notes of black pepper and oak, I thought immediately of a much higher priced Cab. I’d had in the past.  The flavors brought together a smooth mocha and dark cherry combination.  At first taste, a slight tartness was there but after an hour of letting the wine open up, it completely softened and mellowed out.  The finish was pleasant with mild tannins and a minor hint of oak.  I didn’t decant the wine although I can only image that it would have made this even better.

So next time your strolling the aisles of your local wine shop, don’t hesitate to ask!  Many of the people working these stores are into wine and have had an opportunity to taste more than many of us given their jobs.  Hopefully you’re able to find this wine and enjoy as I did.  I’m back to buy a few more bottles to keep on hand for friends.

1 comment:

  1. I love Cab thanks for the post I will have to check this wine out.


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