2005 Lapis Luna Shoup Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve: Berry and chocolate, heavy
nov. 3, 2010: you open this californian and you've made a commitment: it's like a firm handshake, something you can't shirk, especially after you've gotten a whiff of its hefty combination of berries, caramel and chocolate. at 13.9 percent alcohol, it's not the strongest cab we've tried, which is why it's the flavor that grabs you -- an earthy line of goodness. it'd go great with a grilled steak. about $14. winetree.
greg says it's got some alcohol vapors. the flavor is smooth and black cherry. he'd get it again :)
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.