jamie goode's wine blog: Serious Sonoma Cab

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Serious Sonoma Cab

California has been off my radar screen for a while, but in the last week or two it has suddenly reappeared. A few wines I've drunk recently have struck me as reasonably serious, and this is one of them, which I first encountered at last week's Jackson Estates lunch, and which I'm drinking again tonight.

Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California
One of the wines in the Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates 'Highland Estates' Portfolio. Deep coloured, this initially has a slightly oaky nose, but after a while the oak subsides to reveal a complex, intense nose of spicy blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with a distinctive minerally complexity. The palate shows great concentration and intense flavours of black fruits, underpinned by firm, minerally tannic structure. Despite the sweetness of the fruit, the overall impression is a savoury one: this is a tight, structured Cabernet that can be drunk now for its wonderful intensity of fruit, or cellared for a decade to allow the development of complex tertiary aromas. Pretty serious. 92/100

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At 1:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having lived and worked in Sonoma as a winemaker a few years ago I was fortunate enough to discover the joys of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. Often over looked due to focus desire of wine consumers and industry members on the Napa Valley. The beauty is you get everything you get from a Napa cab but you don't have to sell a vital organ to pay for it!

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Anon, I've always been alarmed at the prices of some of the Napa Cabs.

Infact, when I last visited California, which I'm embarassed to admit was almost a decade ago, we chose Sonoma over Napa as our wine destination.


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