Thursday, August 19, 2010

2007 Stonehedge Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

I'm really not too sure what some of the CellarTracker/Grape Stories folks are complaining about here, but at $12, this constitutes as one heck of a good QPR in my book. Picked this up at Trader Joe's in Princeton just out of curiosity, and figured if anything, it would make a good cooking wine at worst.

2007 Napa Valley for around $12 is worth a whirl in my book. Popped this open about two hours before we headed to Delorenzo's Tomato Pies in Robbinsville, and left it in the cellar. Poured when we got to the restaurant, and the first thing you'll notice is the dark, purple, inky color in the glass.

On the nose, nice blackberry and raspberry, and other jammy red and black fruits. Subtle nuances of spice, and just a bit of sweet vanilla oak round out the nose, with just a touch of alcohol. On the palate, the first thing you'll notice is that the wine is a bit thin, and seemed to get thinner as the wine warmed up to room temp.

On the palate, plenty of sweet jammy fruit, and subtle hints of spice and vanilla. Nothing really stands out here, but what do you expect at this price point? Some bits of raspberry and black cherry, with some currants, but that is about it. The tannins are smooth, and the finish is short, but I wasn't expecting much here. Again, at the price, it's a heck of a bargain, and a bit on the fruit forward side. 84 points...

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