2005 Dominican Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
United States, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
Wine Rating: 85
Wine Ministry – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Week 1, Monday, Wine No. 4
Wine provided by Lisa R.
This wine is easy, approachable, and very likable (see notes below). The nose presents with red raspberries, ripe cherries, plum, and subtle oak – all of which carry into the flavors of the wine. It is a pleasantly fruity wine with dark berry and stone fruit flavors. The tannins are soft and the finish is very quick. While it is fairly uni-dimensional in the mouth, the flavors are all straight-forward and pleasant.
This is a very typical mass-produced California Cabernet. It is one of the many sub-labels of the Rutherford Winery, and is one they often use to sell to corporate incentive gift marketers to add their own label or engraving to the bottle. The down side of that is that it’s a “safe” wine – there is very little in this wine that would offend anyone. The up side to that is that it is VERY drinkable. The winemaker has figured out what most people like, and has made a really good wine to match that palate.
So if you’re looking for a red wine to take to a friend’s house for dinner and aren’t sure of their tastes, this is a really safe bet. It’s a very nice wine to sip on the back deck. It’s also a good choice to serve to guests whose palates you don’t know. It’s hard to not like this wine.
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