Thursday, February 18, 2010

***+ $ Collision Point Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2007 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Collision Point Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California is from the negociants at - of course - Relativity Vineyards. The 2007 vintage is finished at 14% alcohol.

In the glass: Collision Point Cabernet shows as purple/magenta in the glass, moving towards opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this California cabernet brings shy, almost concord-grape aromas to the nose.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a much fuller, deeper, rounder experience than the shy nose would have suggested.  Lightly silty milk chocolate is first carried to the roof of your mouth.  Then some acids and blackberry fruit cruise into your cheeks and settle for awhile.  

And the wrap-up: The finish, though not prolonged, is fuller of ripe fruit than much of the sip proved to be.

In summary: Overall, this proved my nose wrong by becoming a fully loaded new-world experience once it hit my palate. Because I would return to it for another engagement, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  My hunch is that decanting wont improve this, but it will be interested to give it a try under vacuum for a day or two.  Great value at its price.

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Following a three-day decant under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  Nose is still shy, but not as simple in the freshly-opened bottle.  Palate has held up with its milk chocolate opening and deeper fruit-based finish.  Add a plus for its friendliness.

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