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Jul 18, 2009 at 1:09am
Added Jul 18, 2009 at 1:07amMy introduction to Little Penguin wines began with their blockbuster vintage bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon from 2005. Subsequent vintages of 06 and 07' were good, but lacked the mouth-coating jammyness of cedar, spices and delicious bright fruit of the 05.' Now comes 2008 and my first thoughts are on it's similarities with the 05.' The nose is candyish but still pleasant and the wine has great color and coats the glass well. Soft, fruitilicious and interesting, this bottling could easily be mistaken for one twice its price except for one unmistakable fault - it finishes with a cloying sweet that in my opinion makes the wine less enjoyable. Might rate this one higher upon further review, but until then can only give it 2 1/2 stars and 84 pts on the 100 pt. scale.
Jul 12, 2009 at 12:06am
Added Jul 11, 2009 at 11:54pmDuring the July Fourth weekend (2009), I attended an outdoor party on the banks of the Yahara River north of Stoughton, Wisconsin. Oak Leaf cabernet sauvignon was one of the red wines choices offered and always being the inquisitive (never heard of the label before) I asked for a glass. Not knowing anything about the wine or it's low cost, I was pleasantly surprised by the chunky fresh cranberries, dark color and medium body. So when I asked what vintage it was, the host had no idea what I was was talking about and instead handed me the bottle. I was shocked...it was non-vintage and I ... liked it! I was impressed, but keep in mind the nose was raw and the wine was monolithic. But it's fruity, easy drinking and not offensive. On the 100 point WS scale, I'd rate it 83 pts. The non-vintage aspect of this wine may make it difficult to acquire consistent bottlings.
Jul 10, 2009 at 12:51am
Added Jul 10, 2009 at 12:50amIf you can find this vintage (2005) on the shelf at your favorite wine store as of this writing (July, 2009) - snap it up. A ripe fruit bomb with a nice lip-smacking acidity. Could use some time in a decanter. This is a $10 wine that drops sediment. Very fresh and appealing. Simply delicious.
Jul 10, 2009 at 12:40am
Added Jun 12, 2009 at 9:04pmI''m always looking for a good economical everyday drinker, so when I picked up a bottle of 2007 frontera cabernet sauvignon - I was pleasantly surprised. The nose was somewhat vacant and raw, but the wine had a smooth mouth feel and a medium body. There was a nice burst of freshly squashed red berries finishing with a crisp acidity but not tart. I would recommend this wine be served in the 60 to 65 degree range to help soften the edges. Again, relative to it's cost at $8.99/1.5L, this is worthy of a second purchase. I would rate it a best buy at 85 pts.
Jul 10, 2009 at 12:34am
Added Jul 10, 2009 at 12:32amAfter coming recommended from a friend, I picked up a bottle at Woodman's in Janesville, Wisconsin. The 750 ml bottle was on sale at $6.99. I was disappointed. But only because of some of the hype I heard about this pinot. Darker than most of the value pinots I'm used to, it seemed a bit funky on the nose as it morphed in and out from anise to cranberries to Miller lite beer. It was on the heavier side of medium bodied, had balanced acidity and a nice mouth feel, but the flavor elements seemed disjointed - out of harmony. After finding only a fleeting wisp of candyish raspberry, the finish was nearly neutral. The best thing about this wine is it was not offensive. Again, for the hype it was disappointing - but for the buck it was okay.