Leaping Lizard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, fruit-forward wine that shows
great structure with balanced acidity. On the nose, cassis, plum and crushed berry aromas
are layered with a slight vanilla note and a hint of spicy oak. The palate features red fruit
flavors that carry through the mid-palate with lingering cassis flavors on the finish. Our
Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented warm with regular pump-overs during the ferment to
extract color, flavor and tannin. A portion of the wine was aged in a mix of French and
American oak barrels.
Pair with grilled lamb kebabs with mint sauce, prime rib sandwich served with horseradish or filet mignon with roasted eggplant and tomato ragout.
Jenny and I had this in January and we thought it was a nice wine for $15 bucks. Not a big-full-heavy Napa Cab, rather a light cab. The slight hint of tannin gave way to a fruit sensation. This sensation lasts about 20 seconds, rather than 40 to 60 like a premium Napa Cab. That said, it was a big hit with Jenny who does not like the overpowering nature of a big Cab. Residual sugar was probably the dominant taste although this wine had good balance for the price. The only downside, as with most cheaper wines, was the lack of complexity and depth. Additional aging probably would do very little as the bottle label states that the wine is "Made to be enjoyed upon release." I think this wine, in my novice opinion, would be good for food that is traditionally reserved for white wine but the person only drinks reds....like me. I also think this wine lends itself to a softer atmosphere, such as a lunch date or other events mid-day. Unlike the Stag's Leap, Quintessa and other heavy hitters...who are better suited for the dark dinner table or cigar bar, this softer wine is pleasant and fun. Lastly, and the most important question, is the wine worth the price of $15? Yes, and here is why. This is a great wine to enjoy with your wife...who if is like mine trends towards whites and is hard to convince to drink a glass of red and even harder to get to drink a Cabernet Sauvignon. That said, it is not true Aaron Stull style.
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