Casa Lapostolle, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

Like its older brother (2007), this 2008 Casa Lapostolle Cab from Chile is a very decent wine in its price category. It's neither too strong nor too bland. It does leave a strong feel in the mouth, a little bitter, but just a little. Otherwise, it's a fine young cabernet with hints of black currant and some mild spices. Definitely worth the $14 price tag. The 2007 is slightly better though.


Luca, Malbec, 2008

This 2008 Malbec from the Mendoza region in Argentina has a deep fruit flavor and is a bit chocolate-y. It is for sure still young and can probably rest for a couple years to get even better. It went really well with a beef stroganoff. But at $29 a bottle, it should probably stay in the cellar a little longer to be fully worth the price.


Alexander Valley Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

I first tried this Cab at a restaurant. It was decent enough to buy a bottle. Alexander Valley is one of my favorite locations in Sonoma. This 2008 Cab from Alexander Valley Vineyards is a young but full-bodied wine with a smoky oak finish. It can still age a little to gain a little more personality. But otherwise, for $15, it's a nice everyday wine.


Sterling, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

This Napa Valley cab smells fruity, and it does taste a lot like a blend of -- and I am trying to avoid the wine cliche here, but I can't -- raspberries and blackberries. It's your typical California cab that will age well. It's not too fruity, despite the fruit presence. I enjoyed it and it's pretty affordable, at about $15.