Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: *** $ Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Lake County, CA (BEST BUY)

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By way of background, original review, November, 2009: Line 39 is a second, modestly-priced line of wines from Cecchetti Wine Company, also maker of the wide-selling, bargain-priced Redtree line. Line 39 offers wines from Lake County AVA, a wine region in California north of Napa Valley. "39" refers to 39 degrees latitude, a latitude shared by this wine line and a number of other wine growing regions of the world.

Line 39 is one of the faster growing wine brands in the United States in recent years. Varietals in the line include cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and petite sirah.

Here we're sampling the Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Lake County, CA. Winemaker Bob Broman finished the wine at 13.5% alcohol, actually somewhat modest by new world cabernet sauvignon standards.

In the glass: Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep blood red in the glass, moving to opaque about an inch in from the sides.

On the nose: Modestly shy, but vibrant nose, carrying red and bramble fruit flavors, along with a hint of pomegranate.

On the palate: A charry, smoked red fruit is the first note to hit your upper palate. It creates an umbrella, which allows the sweeter, tannin-laced fruits to glide down along your cheeks. Acids are mild, making this sip easy throughout your mouth.

And the finish: Fairly brief, though clean, leaving an overall impression of red currants when faded.

In summary: An easy-going experience that still brings some complexity, balance and nuance. Two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its balanced elements. That makes this a good value at an excellent price point.

Review wine provided by Cecchetti Wine Company.

Updated Review, a year and a half later, May, 2011:  Color is consistent.  Nose has grown warmer, funkier in an interesting way, with thick fruit and soft wood.  On the palate, a muddled red berry mix, with a few red jujube's thrown in for fun.  Quite bright on the finish.  Consistent scoring. Following long decant, full day in wide bottomed decanter:  Light tobacco on nose.  Soft, gentle and layered red fruit.  Notches up to three stars, becoming a best value. 

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1 comment:

  1. I like the heavier cabs as well but this was very good for a light-medium cab. (I don't usually like light style cabs) Very drinkable with a bit of complexity thrown in for good measure. I would describe the taste as almost "Delicate" with a velvety mouth-feel.

    Definitely will put this one on my rotation list. An insane buy for around $10 a bottle. Will pair this one with lighter foods and when I am in the mood for a lighter cab with good taste and/or where a strong full-bodied cab would over power the foods.. I see this more as a food pairing wine. (Not surprising for a bottle in this price range)