Sunday, January 13, 2008

Renteria Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
, California
$28.00 -- Wine Authorities, Durham, NC

Color: Deep red
Nose: Like a briar patch; spicy and strawberryish
Body: Medium; zinfandel-like
Front: Warm small berries
Middle: Spicy; maybe even like orange
Back: Popcorn; a little heat; a little whitewall
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

Tight at first, the structure isn't striking. It's like being thrown into the brambles; berries and flowers and wood and stickers all at once. And it doesn't hurt until later. But as it breathes, it takes on structure with an almost French profile. I think that if you like more subtle cabs this is good.