Saturday, January 22, 2011

2007 Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon

Yeah, yeah, I know I've spent an inordinate amount of time on this site heaping praise upon Sean Minor's amazing (and amazingly inexpensive) Pinot Noir. So I'm going to switch gears now and devote a little time to the 2007 Sean Minor 4 Bears Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. Enjoyed tonight with hamburgers topped with Yancey's Fancy Buffalo Wing Cheddar Cheese, the wine shows a deep ruby color with no sediment to speak of. The nose explodes with bright cherry and raspberry fruit with hints of licorice and sweet vanilla. Medium-bodied on the palate, flavors run the gamut of red fruits, sweet oak, pleasant herbs and even a hint of peppery spice. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak and at this time the Bourbon-like characteristics of the American oak are in the forefront - not something I'm generally a huge fan of. The tannins are there, but this isn't really built for the long haul. Enjoy this most excellent value over the next few years. About $16.

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