Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon California Valley Oaks 2005
Fetzer Vineyards was founded in 1968 in beautiful Mendocino County by Barney and Kathleen Fetzer. One of the first California wineries to branch out into serious Chardonnay production, Fetzer remains committed to sustainability and environmentally conscious wine production. Dennis Martin oversees all wine-making at Fetzer and is assisted by Charlie Gilmore and Michael Chupp, who are in charge of white wine making and red wine making respectively.
I pulled a bottle of this stuff out of the cabinet the other night because I was out of my usual $30/bottle cab, and to say the least, I was very impressed! Velvety and smooth, in addition to a wonderful fruity nose----ahhh, very nice for a low-cost cab. This will be my go-to cab when I can't afford my clos du val
This dark cabernet has a bouquet that immediately screams black cherry, chocolate, maybe a hit of vanilla, and earth. It is a strong flavored wine with lots of body, typical of California cabs. This is a good cab; nice and dry; meaty; nice taste and a fairly short finish for a big bodied cab. I find this wine a bit pricey for the quality, and at 13.5% alc., I think some of the quality is sacrificed for the alcohol level. I know that is a prevalent trend especially in American wineries, but i would like it better at around 12 to 12.5%.
Yeah, pretty good stuff here. You'll find a port and plum nose; ripe berry.
Enjoyed this with spaghetti, but not that great of a wine. Seemed typical of cheaper wines with high alcohol and oak.
This wine is okay, better than most wines for this price!!!