Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

We first came across Steltzner Cab when we owned a liquor store several years ago. We drank a bottle for “homework” and found it to be a respectable envoy from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley in an easy-to-sell $30 price range. While Stags Leap has long been well-regarded in the wine community, theContinue reading “Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon 2006”

Daglia Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The growing season of 2011 was challenging for many California wine growers. Napa suffered from a cold, wet spring and late, rainy harvest with a threat of noble rot. With this in mind, I was a bit skeptical when the wine merchant recommended the 2011 Daglia Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon. But all things considered, it certainlyContinue reading “Daglia Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2011”

Merryvale and Fondue with my Valentine

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday for showing your significant other how much you care, however, the oversaturation of public marriage proposals, TV weddings, and over-the-top gifts are turning me sour. We’ve had enough of dinner reservations made far in advance, harried servers waiting on the masses, and “special” menus that are over-priced and underachieve.Continue reading “Merryvale and Fondue with my Valentine”

California Square Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

We admire endeavors that think outside the box. In choosing a product that bucks the system you may find an unexpected treasure. It’s this mentality that inspires us to select the unusual square bottle of California Square Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. The California Square website touts “shaking up the common preconceptions of what wineContinue reading “California Square Cabernet Sauvignon 2012”

Gnarled Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

We went to a trade show recently and were very impressed with the wines from Oak Ridge Winery in Lodi, California. Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Zinfandel is especially first-rate and the Oak Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon and Ancient Vine Zinfandel are very good value wines at about $14 retail. At our local wine store, the OakContinue reading “Gnarled Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2012”

Oak Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Lodi

We recently shopped at the wine mega-store, Total Wine, and purchased the store’s best-selling Cabernet Sauvignon for about $14. I can see, or should I say taste, why it’s the store favorite. This Cab is a big, lush, fruit-filled delight from Lodi’s oldest operating winery, Oak Ridge. Fresh, ripe fruit on the nose and palate changesContinue reading “Oak Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Lodi”

Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Layer Cake wines are as well advertised and distributed as you would expect from ex-investment banker turned winemaker, Jayson Woodbridge. I’m surprised it took us until now to try one. We crack open the screw cap on a Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. The nose is full of cherries and berries with a light wildflower scent. TheContinue reading “Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2011”

Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Decoy wines are the lower priced line from Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley. The Decoy Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Black cherry dominates the nose with traces of nutmeg and mushroom. The cherry and other berry flavors follow through on theContinue reading “Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012”