Clearly, I’m on a red trend of late. Can’t help it. It’s been chilly and snowy, and there’s nothing like a nice glass of red wine to warm my bones. Well, if I had a fireplace, that might edge out the wine. Of course, a nice glass of red wine in front of a roaring fire … now that would be awesome. Alas, I don’t have a fireplace, so I’ll just have to make do with a glass or two of this.
Wine: Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes: The color of this Fetzer Cab was a pretty dark ruby. On the nose I caught whiffs of oak, soil, and dark currant. Body was medium, acidity was good, and alcohol was at 13.5%. Tannins were on the lighter side of medium. Flavors I tasted included black currant, spearmint, and a slight hint of olive. A nice cherry developed with some oxidation. It also had a satisfyingly present tannic bite for a Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range. Rightly or wrongly, I have personally never been a big Fetzer fan. So I was pleasantly surprised. Oh, it isn’t one of those big, bold, collectable Cabs that get 90+ scores from all the experts. Nope, not even close. For the money, though, it really was pretty decent.