We recently discovered two new red wines, representing both ends of the spectrum ~ a high-end Cab, and an affordable Rhône. If you happen to see either of these on a wine list, give them a try!
DeBeikes Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)
This wine had a surprisingly spicy nose for a cab sav, but on the mouth its identity was very clear. It was very structured throughout, bold with a strong finish that didn’t linger too long. It was quite enjoyable on its own, but would go excellent with a hearty dish – bring on the steak! Check out this video review of the wine by wine-street.com
You can purchase the wine directly from the winery for $100 (plus shipping & tax). If you are in San Diego, check out Mosaic Wine Bar where you can pick up a bottle at the bargain price of about $78 (does not qualify for 5 cent sale).
2010 Montirius "Le Cadet" ($10)
50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Merlot
We discovered this classic Rhône wine while dining at The Smoking Goat (awesome!) in San Diego. The nose was full berry with a hint of white pepper. The berry continued through as the earthiness developed in taste. It has well balanced acidity. A very versatile wine ~ great pick for dining out as it works with a variety of options. We enjoyed with our spicy red snapper and grilled pork chop meals. What makes this wine even more appealing is the price tag. The average retail price is about $10. The difficult part is finding it! It looks like the best bet for purchase is online.