Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bon Anno Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Bon Anno Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Napa, California, USA
$26.00 -- Vino100, Lakeway, TX

Color: Dark purplish red
Nose: Baked apple pie, cherry,
Body: Medium to full
Front: Blackberry jam, codfish brandade
Middle: Espresso, black currant
Back: Cilantro, oak
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

Yesterday I spent a lovely evening at my friend Gloria's wine establishment in Lakeway, Texas, the axis of which was this wine.  With some lovely jazz renditions of old standbys on the stereo and a few nice and salty artisanal cheeses and toasted bread on the bar, it was like being in Paris.  Except everybody was speaking English.  And drinking California wine.

This is young, but delicious.  Give it two hours -- the tannins soften and the greenness (the cilantro was not spicy pleasant so much as biting, in context) alleviates, letting the jam and a little sweet spiciness through.  The acid wasn't terrifically strong in this wine, so it might not age forever.  I might get another bottle and lay it down for a year or two and see what happens.  The cod flavor (a good thing) has me intrigued for this wine's future.