‘A Perfect Food Wine’

‘A Perfect Food Wine’

Try this reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon to help your wallet as we begin 2017

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imagesAs holiday bills begin to roll in, we look at a reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon today. Angeline, a division of Martin Ray Winery, is new to me. Their Cabernet Sauvignon from the western edge of the Paso Robles AVA is a delightful wine. It seems made in an “enjoy-me-now” mode, very forward and precocious. But the wine is better than that, with a beguiling bouquet and satisfying mouth texture. There’s something to be said about a wine not trying to be “the baddest boy on the block.” Paso Robles is a most diverse viticultural area, but it’s a landscape you will hear even more about in the coming years.

2014 Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Paso Robles $15 srp

Translucent garnet to brick color. A briary nose of plum, cherry and blackberry with roses, tarragon and bay leaf elements enhancing the entry. There’s an overriding sweetness in the bouquet that reminds me of Christmas cakes. Flavors are medium-bodied and sappy with a flavor profile including dark cherry and soft berry fruit just short of jammy. With good balance and clean finish this is eminently drinkable, and could easily be defined as a “perfect food wine.” If that is their intent, they’ve succeeded. Drink now-2018.

88/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.