Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is very pleasant, with a fruity New-World nose and taste, with medium body and medium tannins.

Not a super-dry, super-big wine, but quite good.

Melody is making something with sausage and vegetables, and this is big enough to go well with it.

We talked to Tony by Skype the other day. He is now in Mancora, Peru, a beach town, and will be there for the next month or so. He is doing great.

Melody took a screenshot in Skype.

Stone Cellars by Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Stone Cellars by Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was a $5 grocery-store purchase.

It’s a simple wine with a pleasant, fruity nose. Medium body, medium tannins. Some taste of caramel that’s a bit off-putting but not badly so.

This is another inexpensive wine that serves pretty nicely as a middle-of-the-week table wine. (This seems to be the theme of this week’s wine selection thus far!) Not as fun as some of the others we had this week, but OK.

Purple Moon Shiraz 2008

This Purple Moon Shiraz 2008 is pleasant and inexpensive (just $4, I think, at Trader Joe’s).

It’s not particularly shiraz-y — not a lot of spice.

But tannic and decent fruit taste.

A nice table wine at a great price.

(We talked to Tony tonight on Skype. He’s currently in a beach town in Peru and doing well.)

Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

It is Friday night and I just got home from a trip “up north” to see my folks and also to see our son, Tommy, perform in his band (The Ben Daniels’ Band) in the same town up north (Traverse City). What a great three days! But, I am happy to be home.

We are going to grill hamburgers tonight and I have picked lettuce and little green onions from my garden for a salad.

Tom poured me a glass of this California Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, here is a bottle that I, more than likely, would not have purchased on my own. No good reason. . .just a groundless bias for some reason. I think of “Fetzer” as being a common and less- than-attractive name for wine (perhaps because it is available at most grocery stores). Totally groundless (and maybe snobby), I admit.  So, when Tom brought me this glass of wine I was prepared to not like it. But, I am pleased to say it is very good. This wine was on sale for $6.99 (regularly priced at $9.99) and it is an excellent value. This is a fruity, juicy Cabernet with lots of black cherries in the aroma; this same burst of fruit mixes with vanilla  on the palate. The finish is chocolatey. This will go great with our burgers and salad.

It is great to be home. Back to work on Monday!

De Loach Merlot (2006)

Tom chose this California DeLoach Merlot for our Friday night quaff. . .it is a beautiful April evening  in Michigan. Everyone is outside, joyously skipping, running, walking dogs, or whatever they can think of to do outside.

I jokingly “poo-poo’d” this wine when Tom suggested it; I generally find Merlots a bit too soft and mellow for my taste, but this is a big Merlot.  The nose is sweet vanilla while the taste is cherries and oak.  Grippy tannins complement the long finish.

We are having the rest of the bean soup that I made this weekend, along with whole wheat bread and cheese. I need to eat well tonight to prepare for my long run tomorrow. Cheers!

amala-springs-cabernet-sauvignon-2005Melody is out of town, so I’m wine-tasting and blogging for two… I opened this Amala Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from California.

It’s pleasant and on the soft side (one might even guess it’s a merlot). The tastes are of toffee and light fruit. It’s a nice quaff, an easy table wine rather than a big gigantic red.

At this point Melody would describe what’s she’s cooking for dinner. This is bachelor week, but I’ll describe the pizza that Tommy just left to pick up: my side will have pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, and banana peppers; Tommy’s side, I’m guessing, will be meatless with extra sauce.

I think the Amala Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 will go nicely, in a low-key way, with my side.

Three Buck Chuck Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

charles-shaw-cabernet-sauvignon-2006Melody is on the road and she will be hoping two things: (1) that I blog and (2) that I drink our Three Buck Chuck while she’s gone. So I’m doing both.

Melody finds the idea of Three Buck Chuck a little too, shall we say, basic. However I find this Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 to be a perfectly fine table wine.

It’s on the fruity side (maybe strawberries), but it has some tannins and is tasty and fun. It went well with my leftover steak-and-brown-rice stirfry.

It’s hard to imagine a better wine buy for three dollars.

(By the way, I’ve read that the year doesn’t matter with a Charles Shaw because it doesn’t vary year to year. But no matter, I still say it’s not bad at all.)