On the docket: Victor Vineyards 2013 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL
Poured into: stemless aeration glass
S: Red-violet meniscus that rings around a deep, intense ruby red body.
A: At the first inhale one gets sweet black cherry jam. There’s some pleasing alcohol present. Subtle spice.
T: The black cherry continues, but not as jam-like on the palate. There is an initial sweetness which gives way to earthy flavors, cocoa, and black pepper. Oak is balanced, adding a modicum of vanilla.
F: Smooth, fine-grain tannins and a full-bodied feel. Supple. Long finish of cherries and a dried herbal note.
O: An affordable, pleasant Lodi cab. Excellent on its own or with a simply prepared cut of beef.
Suggested food pairing: Osso bucco, venison, berry fruit tart, Havarti
On the docket: 2013 Secret Cellars Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Poured into: Wine & Whiskey Country snifter
S: A deep, inky body with a red-pink meniscus. No legs.
A: Dark red fruit and hints of cassis. A touch of alcohol and subtle oak and vanilla.
T: Initial sweetness and a burst of dark cherry and currant. A hint of vanilla. Fruit-forward.
F: Supple, soft. Refined, ample tannins that provide structure and a bit of grit, nothing scathing.
O: Paso Robles cabs deliver excellent fruit and tannin. This wine is no exception. Let it sit for a bit and really get a sense of the luxury inside this bottle.
Suggested food pairing: Black and blue filet with caramelized onions and mushrooms with a bleu-cheese butter sauce. Want to go off the beaten path? New York-style cheese cake.