A Smooth and Spicy Cabernet- Twigs 2008 Cabernet Reserva

One of my favorite things I get to do as a wine blogger is taste brand new wine labels and vintages.  Twigs is a brand new organic wine from Argentina.  They offer three wines, Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet, and all are made from 100% organic grapes from the Maipu region of Argentina.  The winery and it’s owner, Alberto Cecchin, believe wine should be made naturally and with little manipulation.  I uncorked the Cabernet first and it was a nice introduction to the label.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Twigs Cabernet is made from 100% organic Cabernet grapes.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $15.  For more information see the website at www.TwigWines.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Twigs Cabernet pours a dark violet in the glass.  It has an alluring nose with sweet aromas of dark berries, caramel, vanilla, and spice.  The palate is smooth with flavors of plum and cherry.  Notes of pepper and clove linger in the spicy, dry finish.  This Cabernet is a great first effort from Twigs…it is pretty well-balanced and has a nice contrast of fruity and spicy flavors.  I am looking forward to the next two bottles!

My Wine Rating- B-

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs nicely with game meats, a grilled sirloin, or a cheeseburger

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

A Great Everyday Bordeaux – 2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Rouge

It is inevitable that I will have a glass of wine or two with dinner during the week.  It’s really nice when my mid-week wine is delicious, food-friendly, and priced under $15.  This is exactly the case with 2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux.  Chateau La Rame is among the oldest and most renowned properties in the Sainte Croix du Mont appellation of Bordeaux.  The vineyards for this bottle are at the base of the hillside vineyards and are composed of sand, limestone, and clay.

2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux
2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux

Technical Stuff

A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet from Bordeaux.  13% alcohol and retailing for around $13.  For more info, visit the importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant.

Tasting Notes

Pouring a dark ruby color in the glass, this Bordeaux begins with earthy aromas of red cherries, tobacco, and spice.  The palate is medium-bodied, smooth, and offers straight-forward tastes of red fruit and spice.  An easy drinking, mid-week wine that will definitely help you make it to Friday!

Cabernet Day Wrap-Up!

While I didn’t have a full evening to celebrate #CabernetDay (I was stuck sitting in an accounting class!), I did uncork two bottles over the course of the night.  I went with two Cabernets at complete different price points and decided that BOTH wines are great VALUES.  Here are the tasting notes for each wine.

Jordan 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Day Wrap-Up!

I definitely set myself up for a good night as Jordan has consistently been one of my favorite, moderately priced Cabernets.   The nose has a bouquet of cassis with a hint of oak.  The palate features sophisticated flavors of plum, blackberry, pepper, and a touch of vanilla.  The tannins are round and the finish is lengthy.  Jordan’s 2007 Cabernet is lighter and more elegant than a lot of other Cabernets from the region.  I honestly think that for $45, this is a hard wine to beat.  I have tasted it against California Cabs that cost twice as much and Jordan often upsets the higher priced competitors.  (A-, 13.5%)

Columbia Crest H3 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Day Wrap-Up!

This is a great, everyday Cabernet from Washington state.  Aromas of toasted oak, cherries, and tobacco lead into an earthy palate with tastes of dark berries, caramel, and vanilla.  This straight-forward wine delivers in price ($12-14) and flavor.  Grab a bottle and enjoy any day of the week!  (B+, 14.5%)

Sauvignon Blanc Heaven at Honig Winery

While I was in Napa, Linda Cordair (from Quent Cordair Fine Art in downtown Napa) pointed us in the direction of Honig Winery in Rutherford.  I had heard some great things about their Sauvignon Blanc, but never had the chance to try any of their wines.  When we arrived, we were greeted by a fun and laid-back staff. (no wine snobs here!)  The tasting room was adorned with beautiful dark wood and very relaxed…we even had the option to do our tasting on their couches. 

We started our tasting with Honig’s 2009 Rutherford Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.  It is a refreshing and lively wine with notes of peach and citrus with a crisp finish.  Very elevated in style and nicely priced at $25.  We then moved on to a couple of Cabernets.  The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet was our favorite of the two…full of dark fruit and spices finished off by a touch of oak ($40). 

The grand finale of our tasting was Honig’s 2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.  The aromas of vanilla and honey drew me in while the tastes of citrus and apricot followed by a long, honey finish won me over ($55).  This is an incredible dessert wine…we brought a bottle home and I am thinking it won’t last too much longer than the weekend. 

Honig is a great place to relax and try some wonderful wines.  The whole tasting room staff is wonderful and they all got involved to make sure we had a great tasting experience.  Give them a call if you would like to stop in!  For more information go to www.HonigWine.com