Sunday, November 13, 2011

Review: *** $ (PRACTICALLY FREE) Sparrow Creek Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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Original Tasting and Review, opening thoughts, October, 2010: A "California" labeled cabernet sauvignon, the  broader "California" designation means that grapes were selected from around the state, not any one region or vineyard.

By way of background: This is Sparrow Creek Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009, finished at 12.5% alcohol, modest by 2009 standards.

In the glass: This is medium deep red, not opaque in the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled, this bargain priced Cali cab shows light red, just barely ripe plum in the nose.   

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a sweet, even plum middle.  But it really is all middle, having little beginning, sides, ups, downs or edges.

In summary: Overall, simple mid-red experience. Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus because it is 100% inoffensive in its simple, uncomplicated pleasure.  Decent value as everyday table wine at its bargain price.

Following long decant, two days kept cool under vacuum in a partially filled bottle:  The plum elements have settled down nicely, leaving a sandy tone on the nose, and a clean, almost lush middle.  Almost hits three stars, but just a tad simple still.

Three more days kept cool in a partially filled bottle, no vacuum:  Mellower still, just not quite tripping my desire to reconnect with it again, thus remaining at 2+ stars.
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Updated review, over a year later,  November, 2011: Color and nose are consistent.  The soft and full middle now trails pleasantly and fully with soft, sandy tannins. Three stars with the elongating, pleasant finish.  Best value now, two years from vintage date.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Softer and more pleasing purple nose.  Palate remains strong and consistent.
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