Monday, August 23, 2010
A Few Other Cabernets
The wine was almost black in the glass and while there was some fruit in the nose the primary aromas were cinnamon, allspice, vanilla and dry earth. The fruit came to the fore in the taste with a good combination between black cherries and cranberries. There was good acid and some ripe tannin and a tart finish with some length to it. Good wine and my second choice of the entire group. This wine was slightly different in that it was a Meritage wine, a blend of traditional Bordeaux varieties, though the label gave no hint as to what made up the blend. Over the course of the afternoon the wine continued to improve. 14.5% and $23.
The most controversial wine of the day was a 2005 Coniglio from Napa Valley. Two tasters loved this wine, one was somewhat neutral, one said it wasn't his favorite and I found it harsh and over the top. Inky black color and almost viscous in the glass. The nose was mostly huge dark fruit, black pepper and vanilla. The nose reminded me more of an over-extracted Zinfandel. The taste was sweet and hot with very ripe fruit, black cherries, blackberries. The black pepper kicked in half way through, along with the tannin. This wine seemed low in acid and the finish was hot and harsh. One glass of this wine would satisfy me so a bottle would last several days. 15.2% alcohol and $28.
The bottom line for me on these tastings is that I enjoy them, but my preference is still to sit down with dinner and two bottles of wine and see how they evolve over the course of the meal. My mind still gravitates toward food friendly wines, and even though some of the huge wines are well made and exactly what the winemaker intended, I tend to be put off by them. Then again, I'm no professional - just someone who likes wine.