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2007 Healdsburg Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Red Wine; Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa;
$10.98
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2005 Old River Road Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Ponderosa Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Red Wine; Cabernet Sauvignon; Other California;
$14.98
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The day before Thanksgiving was a blast at The Wine House! I was fascinated by the variety of approaches people took to selecting their Thanksgiving Day wines. Some folks just needed to bring something, anything good would do, while others had to pair wine with a particular course. I helped a customer select a wine to match a firm-fleshed fish with a heavy rich sauce. Easy enough, right? Not so fast, the wine also had to have a story! Luckily for the customer, we have plenty of stories to tell at The Wine House! Speaking of stories, the most amazing one of the day came from a customer who divulged that he had changed his flight itinerary that morning so that he would fly out of JFK at 7am, thereby not missing his chance to come by the Wine House! Thank you all for including us in your Thanksgiving celebration! So, the Holidays are upon us. It’s time to gear up and stock your cellar with wine that can be grabbed without hesitation to bring over to friends, opened up for unexpected pop-ins, or tied with a ribbon as a last minute gift. My thinking is that the wine has to be delicious, it goes without saying I know, and it has to be budget friendly. I have two picks that fit the bill: 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon by Old River Road Cellars and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon by Healdsburg Ranches. Both sell for well under $20, so keeping a case or two on hand is not only convenient, but downright smart.
2007 Healdsburg Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Red Wine; Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa;
$10.98
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The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Healdsburg Ranches is fruit-driven and cheerful. It is produced by a winery that has connections to some pretty high-profiled vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel, this is not an oak monster, but a red brimming with plum/red currant fruit notes. It is juicy and plush, and overall reminds me of a Dry Creek Cabernet because of the plum and subtle dried herb touches. We first brought the wine in for our Dirty Dozen sampler. People immediately took to this wine. At $10.98 why not take a chance? I began to notice that bottle sales quickly led to repeat case purchases and now Healdsburg Ranches has earned a permanent spot on the stacks.
2005 Old River Road Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Ponderosa Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Red Wine; Cabernet Sauvignon; Other California;
$14.98
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The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Old River Road Cellars comes from the Ponderosa Vineyard. Ponderosa Vineyard is located at a 1900 foot elevation in the Sierra Foothills. The vineyard was planted in 1995 following a devastating fire. The owners of the vineyard planted grapes on their scorched land, employing organic growing practices. Blended with a smattering of Cabernet Franc, this is a smooth Cabernet devoid of harsh tannins or assertive alcohol. While the fruit is pronounced, I would characterize this Cabernet as being extremely well-balanced and medium-bodied. I don’t know about you, but unless I know I’m going to be eating red meat, I prefer a more nuanced red. The last time I opened a bottle, my mother, who is a master of one-pot dishes, made a robust Mediterranean beef stew with artichokes and peas. I thought this was a magnificent pairing. The wine’s balance allowed for a perfect melding of food and drink, you know the kind where a bite and a sip together is even better than the parts. My big brother, who grows grapes and makes wine with a neighborhood co-op, noted a red cherry note that he doesn’t associate with Cabernet Sauvignon. I totally get that and think it might be the Cabernet Franc or simply a site-specific attribute. It’s really very pretty. Anya Balistreri
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