Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2012 Good Vines Breganze Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy New Year!  Well at least it's a snowy and cold one around here, but spring is just a few months away!  So to ring in 2014 and to enjoy a lovely meal before returning to work tomorrow, I've decided to open a bottle of 2012 Good Vines Breganze Cabernet Sauvignon. Now I picked this one up at Whole Foods last Saturday, as they were doing a tasting and pitched the story of their wines and how they donate a portion of every bottle sold to local children's charities, so I decided to follow their directions on the bottle, "Do Good, Drink Me!"

The wine is a bright ruby in the glass, with a somewhat lighter appearance than is typical of a bigger Cabernet, but this wine was produced in Italy, which isn't exactly known for big Napa style cabs!  The nose is somewhat subdued, with mild floral notes and earth tones, over a bet of ripe red fruit, cherries, currant and plums. The taste is quite mild and fruit forward, with taste of red fruit, leather, dried herbs and earthy flavors of cedar and forest floor. The tannins are subtle and supportive of a modest, very dry finish. 

Overall I would rate this wine a solid 7, it's bit the type of wine that would knock your socks off, but it's a pleasant and easy drinking wine that's a decent value at only $12. Given the lighter nature of this wine, tonight I am enjoying this wine with a pan seared tuna steak with some Sriracha mayo and a nice salad with sesame ginger dressing. The ripe fruit and lighter flavor really matches well with the tuna and Asian flavors. Cheers!

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