*Just a forewarning, I am no expert on wines. I'm doing these posts to further my own wine knowledge. I know a bit more than the average person since we're required to take a food and wine class for my major. A semester long of wine lectures, food presentations, and to finish...a food and wine tasting. Damn, life in HTM is hard. Okay, I'll stop bragging and get back to the review.
Fetzer Vineyards, Valley Oaks 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Hopland, Mendocino County, California)
I'm usually not a Cabernet fan. Most are known for being full bodied and can be a bit too peppery/spicy for my young wine drinking tongue. Upon first pour there's a distinctive vanilla/berry aroma. This cab is very smooth with an amazing burst of juicy black cherry. If you take a second to let it sit in your mouth, you'll also get a subtle vanilla and chocolate flavor. As with most Cabernets, there's a nice but fairly mellow spice and oak taste.
I also love this wine because it's "earth friendly." Fetzer has succeeded in becoming a carbon neutral company. 100% of the energy they use comes from renewable resources(think solar and wind energy). Their vines are also certified free of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Snaps for them!
You can pick this wine up at most grocery stores for under $10.