Well, it finally feels like spring, even though I woke up to a covering of an inch of snow last week, today it's sunny and warm and I feel like grilling a steak! And what's better with steak than a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon? That was a rhetorical question, as tonight I've opened up a bottle of 2012 Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the second label from Woodward Canyon winery in Lowden, Washington. Now Woodward Canyon makes some truly beautiful wines, like their Artist Series Cabernet, which I've enjoyed from Walla Walla to Tampa Bay, but thankfully they also produce great wine under their more affordable Nelms Road label, so I can enjoy a bottle with less financial guilt!
The color of this wine is a gorgeous ruby red with a lovely brightness along the edges. The nose is sublime, with notes of ripe dark fruit throughout, blackberries and currant over hints of dark chocolate and cherry cola. The taste is wonderful, warm and bright, it almost feels like your tasting a late summer day just before harvest. The lovely berry fruit lingers through the midpalate until you begin to taste some coarse minerality of dusty limestone. The finish is long and lush, as the elegantly structured tannins provide a foundation for a finish that seems to last a minute or more.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a great everyday drinking Cabernet at a price that makes it affordable for everyday. The regular price is $25, but since I ordered this with a case I received an extra 10% discount, so I'd be hard pressed to find a nicer Cabernet for only $22.50! Tonight I'll be enjoying this wine with a lovely rare grilled ribeye, along with some oven roasted red potatoes and some grilled leeks, baby candy stripe beets and asparagus. The wine will be perfect with a nicely charred steak, but first, I think I might enjoy the early evening on the patio finishing this glass!