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2006 Chalone Vineyard Monterey Cabernet Sauvignon

February 11, 2011 - Norman Bentley

There is nothing better than football, steaks on the grill, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Last week was even better, since the game was the Super Bowl, the fillet mignon was two inches thick, and a perfect medium rare, and the wine was a delicious Cabernet from Monterey.

The wine was the 2006 Chalone Vineyard Monterey County Cabernet Sauvignon, and the winery is one which underwent something of a "re-do" about a decade ago. The winery is famous for its mountain estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But in 1998 the winery turned to its lower vineyards in the Salinas Valley to re-plant and begin to produce Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties which still benefit from the cool Pacific Ocean breezes coming in at night from the Monterey Bay area.

The result is an enjoyable and accessible Cabernet with both finesse and drinkability. The 2006 Cabernet opens with a nice nose of jammy berry scents, followed by bold flavors of blackberry and currants. There is also a slight nuance of black cherry which melts into a mild toasty vanilla finish, which lingers on the palate until the next sip. The wine is nicely balanced with complex flavors that blend well together to form a wonderful food wine.

It was great for our Super Bowl steak, and would pair well with any grilled meat or hearty stew. Norm's score is an 89.

Price - $10 - $15

Score - 89



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