Well it's a weeknight and time to have a bottle of everyday wine to sip. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2012 Legend of the Vine Cabernet Sauvignon from California, a wine I recently picked up at G.B. Russo's in Grand Rapids for a terrific price.
The wine has a nice ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is better than I was expecting, with notes of blackberry, violets and a hint of leather. The taste was somewhat lackluster, with somewhat syrupy fruit up front that transitioned to some earthy notes of oak and black pepper midpalate. The tannins are still a bit tight, leading to a very dry but pleasant finish. After a little while, the wine does open up quite a bit, but it's still quite earthy though the fruit rush subsides quite a bit.
Overall, I would rate this wine a 7, it's not a particularly memorable wine, but it's very easy to drink and a good value as I bought this one for about $8. Tonight I am pairing this with some linguine with spicy marinara and a fresh arugula salad, a nice simple dinner with enough spice to balance out the fruit of this wine. Cheers!