Thursday, May 8, 2008

Gary Farrell Cabernet Sauvignon

Gary Farrell
Cabernet Sauvignon
Healdsburg, Sonoma, California

$35.00 -- Chapel Hill, NC

Color: Medium red
Nose: Cherry
Body: Heavy
Front: Cherry
Middle: Violets
Back: Graphitic tannins
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

It's a Spanish-style cabernet. Sure, such a thing may not exist much, but this bottle proves it ought to. There's a ludicrous amount of information about this wine at the Gary Farrell website. But what it doesn't tell you how tasty it is, and how it's shaped into a more old-world structure than common for the region. One of the consequences of this is that it pairs interestingly with food, contributing different tastes after different bites, always characteristically berryish but not overpowering your dinner.