Ferrari-Carano, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

Even though 2006 wasn't a very good year for California's crops (too much rain), this cab from the Alexander Valley is fabulous. It's well-finished, with a nice aroma and some berry-vanilla flavors. Well worth the $30 tag. Tres bien.


Chateau de Brandey, Bordeaux, 2008

This bordeaux didn't appeal to me. It was extremely dry and bitter and had no character, no distinguishing feature other than being extra dry. Given, it came after the Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2003, but still I was expecting at least something half decent. I'll pass on this one.


Robert Mondavi, Merlot, 2007

The Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot 2007 is a very decent every-day type of wine. It has that round Californian finish to it and is very amicable on the palate. It can probably get better with age as its 2007 vintage makes it still a bit young. Very good value for about $12.