Well it's a bit of a rainy Saturday in October, perfect weather for football and a big red wine like a Cabernet! Today I ran a lot of errands ahead of a short trip to Canada, so I figure I deserve to open something nice for dinner. So tonight I've opened a bottle that I picked up on my last trip to Walla Walla about 18 months ago, the 2009 Mansion Creek Cellars Waldheim Cabernet Sauvignon!
The wine is a beautiful inky black and ruby color in the glass. The nose is quite nice, a bit of ripe fruit, blackberries and plum, with some lovely herb notes, that make for a very interesting combination of sweet and tart aromas. The taste is quite nice, we get a blast of fruit and tart, it really does remind me of SweeTARTS candy, which transitions nicely to some smoky mineral notes midpalate. The tannins are very nicely structured, providing a velvety, long dry finish that seems to last more than a minute.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's really a very nice example of a Walla Walla Cabernet at a modest price (I think this one was about $32 when I bought it). Tonight I am enjoying this wine with the monster cowboy cut ribeye you see above, along with some wild rice and fresh steamed asparagus. This is a great wine with a big ol' steak, the fruit and mineral notes just make a great balance with charred beef. Cheers!