*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Humanitas so I could participate in Twitter Taste Live.
Up last for the evening of Twitter Taste Live was the 2006 Humanitas Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. It clocked in at 14.2% alcohol by volume, had a fake cork closure, and can be purchased for $20. A word to the wise: While this is an excellent wine, it really needs some time in a decanter. Probably a good two hours or more. I had our bottle open for about 3 hours before we tasted it, but not decanted, and it really wasn’t opening up. We stuck the cork in and saved it for the next night, and it definitely did better, but you could tell the flavors were still tight. So decant, decant, decant!
As the title suggests, this wine showed dark as night in the glass, completely inky, and letting no light through at all! On the nose I found pepper, orange rind, lilac, berries, black berries, black currants, lots of spice, duty cocoa, earth, forest floor, nutmet, and blueberry. The wine had quite the enticing nose. In the mouth I got blueberry, blackberry, plum, spice, earth, leather, anise, black cherry, and chocolate.
Overall, the wine had tannins to spare. It would be great with a grilled steak, as the tannins would marry nicely with the fat in the meat. At $20, this is an excellent value, and could hold its own well against much pricier Cabs.