The best laid plains of mice and men...so the saying goes and so my week of wine went! I had originally planned to bring a bottle of nice Bordeaux with me on this trip and it's still sitting on my kitchen table. But where there are disappointments there are opportunities, as I had the chance to stop at the local wine shop in Elkhart to find another bottle to enjoy, hence the 2009 Stephen Vincent Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine is a classic deep purple in the glass, just as you'd expect of a California Cabernet. The nose is a pleasant and full of fruit, blackberry and cherry with notes of plum and cherry cola. The taste is fruit forward, with some ripe fruit, plum, cherry, ripe berries that transitions nicely to some lovely tarragon and floral notes, and an earthy minerality midpalate. The tannins are fairly mellow leading to a soft finish that is just pleasing and food friendly.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 7, it was nothing spectacular, but a solid wine at a great price. I bought this wine for only $11! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some chicken tacos and a nice salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. Cheers!