Bill Arbios was one of the pioneers in setting the standards for meritage wines while at Lyeth in 1981. He started Arbios Cellars in 1993, and since then he has been producing high-quality, reasonably priced Cabernet. His ’99 Cab starts with aromas of black cherries and green olives. The fruit-to-earth balance is enjoyable through the lingering, rich finish.
You’ll like this wine for its easy drinkability. The texture is soft and luscious, with rich, fine tannins. Flavors of black currants, mocha and sweet spices entice the palate. Shows complexity and finesse throughout.
Tobacco and some green pepper on an otherwise fruity plain. When you think of cru bourgeois Bordeaux, this fits the image and flavor profile. It’s lean, but balanced. Tea and licorice are definable on the finish.
On a par with recent vintages, this four-year old Cab is soft and pleasant, with ripe cherry, blackberry, raspberry and herb flavors that are well oaked. The tannins are crunchy, but the wine isn’t an ager. Best now through 2009.
So soft and melted, it has almost no backbone at all, but there’s a nice, grippy dusting of tannins, and the flavors work, so it’s okay. Shows berry-cherry fruit with an earthy, dried herb quality.