Monday, June 15, 2009
Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
I have a daughter that is living at home right now while she fixes up a house she bought a few months ago. She is very much into eating healthy and buys only organic veggies and fruits and free range meats, eggs and cheeses.
I kinda surprised her this evening by opening a California Cabernet Sauvignon made with organic grapes. I did not know that fact when I bought the wine. I just wanted something reasonably priced for a dinner of sausage, peppers and onions with fresh asparagus and a great chef salad. That's a regular fair in my house and I like Cab/Sav with that meal.
The wine was a 2007 Bonterra Vinyards Cabernet.
Bonterra's holistic approach to winemaking took root in 1987, when they were experimenting with wine and food pairings. The fruits, vegetables and herbs they used came from their extensive organic garden. The purity, intensity and freshness of the flavors were amazing. From that point on, they committed themselves to growing grapes organically. Today they are one of the standard bearers for organic wines in California.
This organic Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of bing cherry, currants and raspberries, with spicy notes of cedar and dried cranberry, and gentle vanilla notes. In the glass you'll find juicy red berry flavors, and a very approachable, medium-bodied mouthfeel.
I sniff and I sniff and I sniff....Where do they find all these aromas? Definitely cherry, what kind of cherry beats me and a little spicy note of cedar and hint of vanilla and a bunch of plum. I love red plums, eat them all the time and this aroma was really like a fresh bag of plums.
Very smooth on the palate and the finish was just short of magnificato.
This was not just a good 'organic' wine, it was a great organic wine. Bonterra adds a little Merlot and Syrah to expand it's flavor and texture.
Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon is a definite buy again wine and at only $16
Take it from an amateur wine lover.....Great Buy!