Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Honig Cabernet

Honig Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Rutherford, California, USA

$35.99 -- Wine Authorities, Durham, NC

Color: Deep purple-red
Nose: Bread, kale, plums
Body: Stout
Front: Blueberries
Middle: Cream
Back: Cassis and cedar
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

This wine makes an excellent accompaniment to Dan Cohen's ballad "Hope You Don't Change Your Mind," which is currently at number 40 on the A/C radio charts. Its laid-back blend of cynical tannins and fruity wit match Cohen and King's lyrics perfectly. We're lucky to have wine like this and music like this. This wine evolves as it opens and goes well with lots of different foods.

Note, 10-19-2010: The 2007 vintage is delicious. Chocolate covered cherries, with evenly distributed tannins giving texture and structure, and cherries, plums and tar on the nose. Give it a little air and it'll be stunning.