Mettler 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
It was a pleasure to spend time last week with Richard Morgenstern, director of national sales and marketing for Mettler Family Vineyards. Richard is a wine industry veteran who tells the Mettler story with pride and commitment - and he also has plenty of other industry tales that we wine geeks love to hear.
I was very familiar with Mettler's Zinfandel - but honestly could not recall tasting the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Interestingly, Cab is the Mettler flagship - it's the varietal with which the family has the most experience and the wine that drives the portfolio.
Fruit for this easy to enjoy wine comes from Lodi - Cabernet isn't just the domain of Napa Valley any longer.
The nose is pungent with dark fruit (blackcurrant, purple plums, black cherry) with easing hints of the aromas we associate with a well-balanced oak regimen; vanilla, coffee, comforting woodiness. Take a sip and you'll see why at around $22 this wine is such a sensation - it's full, velvety and seductively enjoyable. The restraint and balance of this wine far exceeds its price tag - it's a wine that under promises and over delivers!
The third leg of the Mettler range - a Petite Sirah - is sold out. I'm anxious to taste the next vintage - if it compares to the Cab, it is certainly worth the wait. While poking around the website, I found this tasty-sounding recipe for short ribs with wine and porcini - a perfect pairing for this wine! MSRP $22.
91 Points: "A wine drinker's dream: Affordable, approachable, and ready-to-drink. Balance is the hallmark of this Mettler flagship that is homage to the delicious fruit coming from Lodi. Luscious, seductive, velvety."
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