So I grabbed my very worn book and settled in for some sipping and reading. The wine in my glass was a Bennett Family Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (2006, 14.5%, Napa, CA). The Bennetts are actually a branch of the William Grant (of Glenfidditch Scotch whiskey fame), so they come with a pretty long and distinguished pedigree in the world of wine and spirits. Sort of like Mr. Darcy's lofty ancestry, instead of Elizabeth Bennetts more humble origins.
The nose on this wine is of black cherries, very ripe dark berries some cardamon and a hint of wet fall air...the kind of air that lets you know that autumn has definitely arrived, along with its spicy outdoor smells. It tasted of juicy cherries with the dark berries hanging around the outer edges. The tannins were big with a very warm (thank you 14.5% alcohol content) and oakey finish. I kept waiting for the fruits to show up a bit more, but the oak definitely won that battle. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you don't like your reds big and oakey and tannic, I'd stay away. However, if you are stuck inside on a rainy fall day and the rain is slowly turning into a sleety mix, and there is a fire in the fireplace and a copy of "Pride and Prejudice" is in your hands, definitely open this. It pairs very well with a real wood fire next to your chair.
Something else that surprised me about this wine was that I liked it a lot more before I used my aerator than after. And that usually doesn't happen... but for some reason, once the (fall) air hits it, the oak becomes a lot more powerful. If you drink it right away, the fruits really come through the oak and make a much more complex taste.
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The Wine Chateau sent me this wine for review purposes. The opinions are my own.