What a nice Cab! It’s so softly intricate, so complex, so dry and interesting, you just want to drink the whole bottle now with anything related to beef. Shows blackberry, black currant and oak flavors, with a fine balance of acids and tannins, and is ready to drink now.
This is a pricey wine for value-oriented Angeline, but it’s a Stags Leap Cabernet, and quite a good one, at that. Dry and full-bodied, it shows a classic elegance, with flavors of cassis and cedar. Tasted against far more expensive Napa Cabs, it stands up proud.
Angeline is one of the best second labels in California, in this case from Martin Ray. This ’08 Sauvignon smacks of ripe, tangy Asian pear, gooseberry, fig, green melon, vanilla and spice flavors brightened by wonderfully crisp acidity. Just beautiful, and a nice bargain at this price.
Well-acidified, the fruit shows a long hangtime character of marvelously intense tropical fruits, spices and flowers. The wine spreads a honeyed richness all around the mouth, but it’s dry.
If there’s any oak on this wine, it doesn’t show. What does show up is crisply clean acidity and brilliantly ripe pineapple, lime and honeysuckle flavors, brightened with crisp acidity. It’s a lovely cocktail sipper, and nice with bruschetta and olive or mushroom tapenade.