Good Bargain Cabernet

Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

As I grow increasingly desperate for the cooler weather to arrive, (hear that Mother Nature? 89 in late September? What’s up with that?) so I can wear sweaters and pick apples, my thoughts continue to turn to bone-warming big red wines. In that vein, we picked the 2006 Martellotto Cabernet  Sauvignon out of the basement to taste the other evening. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for about $18. Reasonable alcohol level, sweet price for a Cabernet Sauvignon, I’m hooked…oh, and the wine was good too!

My first thought was that this wine just jumped out of the glass with lovely aromas.  I got blackberry, black cherry, spice, earth, herbs, baking chocolate, and blackberry pie on the nose. In the mouth I found blackberry, black cherry, spice, pepper, and herbs. The fruit showed quite tart, with the black cherries taking center stage and good acidity holding the body of the wine together.

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