Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Rock & Vine 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
In any other part of the world this is called a Meritage (or Bordeaux blend), it uses all 5 of the grapes needed to make up said designation: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. But this is California, they live by a completely different set of rules there - although that does not excuse them for a corked wine. Yes corked, that wet newspaper, moldy basement smell wasn't 'in your face' at first, in fact it was hiding behind the door, but then it sprang right out, and after 5 minutes of smelling and thinking to myself, "I am almost sure this is corked", it turned out to be so. Dang, and I was really looking forward to this wine.