Cabernet Even in July!
A few good wine to celebrate the summer with.
With the summer's heat on full blast you might be asking why I’m reviewing red wines instead of something cool, crisp and refreshing, and Cabernets to boot! Well, the truth is that plenty of folks out there enjoy a nice Cabernet this time of year. Think about it, what could be better with a steak off the grill, or better yet a lamb top round, or even grilled portobello caps?
Truth is while this is not the best weather for a big, bold red wine, it’s perfect weather for something a little simpler. A solid Cab served slightly chilled, say right around 60 to 65 degrees. While this might be a bit on the cool side, accentuating the wine's tannin, it makes for a refreshing accompaniment to that steak, or just an evening on the patio enjoying the heat of the day at it relents to cooler nighttime temperatures. So here’s a roundup of value priced Cabernets, the best of which are on the lighter side with a freshness that's conducive to enjoyment at a refreshing temperature.
Just as a test I snuck in one wine that is over $25 and another wine that is $20, and wouldn’t you know it but the top three scoring wines were three of the most expensive wines of the tasting, which of course proves very little. In fact the best wines out of this bunch for summertime drinking don’t even include the top rated 2010 Murphy-Goode Dealer’s Choice Cabernet. It’s an excellent wine, just a bit more than I want in my glass these days. It’s better saved for cooler weather as you enjoy the rest of the top wines here while we wait for that to come.
Which of course brings be to the video portion of our show. once again I’m here to tell you that the “best” wine isn’t always the best wine every time. Wine scores are a shorthand and they can’t fill you in on all the details. I loved the 2009 Barra Cabernet but if I had friends over and wanted a nice Cabernet to serve on the patio with a little chill I’d be opting for either the 2010 Kenwood or Lapostolle Casa Cabernets. They are lovely smaller scaled wines that are friendly and easy drinking and sometimes that makes a wine nearly perfect, no matter what the score says.