Sunday, September 19, 2010
Hayes Ranch "In The Saddle" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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.