Friday, April 10, 2009

Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Cabernet

Clos du Bois
Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Reserve
Alexander Valley, Sonoma
Geyserville, California
$18.00 -- HEB, Austin, TX

Color: Deep red
Nose: Plum, leather, violets
Body: Medium to full
Front: Blackberry
Middle: Cocoa, tannins
Back: Cigar wrapper
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

Clos du Bois makes a hillion jillion wines. Tonight I was looking for something good but not too expensive. The CEC (current economic climate) makes me wary of drinking too many expensive wines. Plus most of the ones I have around here seem to be 2005s, which I wanna save a lot of, because these things are like vino bazookas. This one you can probably get cheaper than I found it, but it was handy at H.E.Butts's tienda para gueros, next to the roasted chicken and bag o' lettuce I was eyeballin'.

Though it's among a hillion jillion wines, the Sonoma Reserve cab is a good choice. Not mind blowing, but in a class with the Robert Mondavi Napa Cab of the same year: great with just about any dinner. It makes a good companion when reading around the wine blogs of the internets to see just how crappy your own blog is by comparison with some oenophiles' out there.

This cab also harmonizes with the stunning voice of Maureen Murphy, who just came in second in a big contest in Nashville for up-and-coming artists (and should have come in first, je crois). But be sure to give this as much air as Maureen gives her songs, or it's a bit tight.