Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hayes Ranch "In The Saddle" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I don't know about anyone else, but when I am wine shopping, I seem to always avoid buying wines with a ridiculously low price.  I also seem to get caught tasting an inexpensive wine, pleased with what I tasted, buy a bottle, take it home and open to find something just short of crappy grape juice.  But, I keep doing it and keep failing most of the time.
In mid-July I ventured out on my first wine buying shopping spree since my by pass surgery five weeks earlier.  As soon as I stepped into one of my favorite shops I was greeted by an employee behind a table with about 50 cases of an inexpensive Hayes Ranch California Cabernet Sauvignon stacked behind him.  Only $7 and a metal twist off cap for a California Cab.  Exactly what I was looking for.  Right!!!  Like always though I stopped at the table, sniffed, swirled and sipped and, being a nice guy, I bought.  When I got home, I put the Cab in the wine fridge and simply forgot about it, until this week when I was looking for something just to sip on for a few hours after work.  So, I took out the Hayes Ranch 'In The Saddle' 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, got my corkscrew and "oh no it's a twist off." Crap!!!, untwisted and poured.
The aromas were not those of  a $7 Cab/Sauv.  There were red berries, some cherry, a little oak and some vanilla.  A nice balanced mouth full of the berries, cherry and vanilla with just a little spice.  The finish was a little short, but for just sipping while catching up on the e-mails it was great. 
I have had many nice wines under $10, but rarely, if ever, a Cabernet Sauvignon.  There are probably a lot of gems out there and I was probably looking in all the wrong places, but that is one of joys of being a wino, finding nice wines at great prices.
Having pizza and looking for a good cheap wine, I highly recommend the Hayes Ranch "In The Saddle" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.  

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