Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Wine Review: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 (NW)

Nice fragrant nose of dark berries
Smooth and full-bodied on the palate
Lengthy finish, revealing more layers of flavor

2001 was generally a good year for California Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is no exception, as it delivers what I consider to be very classic Cab qualities. It is well-structured and well-made. At a recent business dinner, we drank every last bottle of this wine at a big, well-stocked steakhouse. I don't know the exact count, but it was more than a case. (Our group numbered about 18). The thing is, this wine is not cheap. The restaurant charged $100 per bottle. As a point of reference, I often see it in stores for around $40. More than 100% markup is not a good thing; fortunately, I was not picking up the bill.

If you're on the lookout for a classic American Cab, this is a good bet from the 2001 vintage. Raise a glass!

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