Unusual for an inexpensive Cab of this age to hit the market, and it’s a pretty good buy. Nothing complicated, but it’s soft and smooth, and beginning to show that magical transformation when primary fruit develops bouquet and a dried fruit character.
Has Petite Sirah’s inky black color and strong, thick tannins, and is very dry, with blackberry flavors that could be a little more intense. Unless you like your red wines right out of the cradle, this one really needs cellaring through at least 2010.
Not quite ripe, a bone dry wine with herbal-minerally flavors, stern tannins and notable acidity. Almost Chianti-like in its thin austerity, but it will fare well against a tomato-based pasta dish.