Well tonight just felt like a Cabernet night, it's been a bit cooler in the evenings, almost like fall except it's August! So I've decided to open a bottle of 2010 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy with my dinner.
The wine is a very classic deep purple Cabernet color, with a lighter ruby along the edges of the glass. The nose is classic Cabernet, with aromas of blueberry and cherry layered with a bit of vanilla and leather. The taste is a big bold Cabernet from California, with a burst of blueberry and plum at the outset, giving way to some dried herbs and dusty limestone midpalate. The firm tannins are supportive of a long, smooth finish that begs you to take another sip.
Overall I must admit I'm pretty impressed by this wine! I'd rate this one a solid 8, it might age well for a few years, but it's drinking quite nicely now, and it was a terrific bargain as I bought this bottle at Trader Joe's and I think it was about $12! Tonight I am enjoying this with a rather nontraditional pairing (imagine that!) with some bourbon glazed grilled port tenderloin, some steamed jasmine rice and veggies, delicious!