2007 Arnold Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon: Masculine, earthy, serious
dec. 10, 2010: we paired this with grilled steaks. i was coming off a nap, and greg was coming home from work, so it was a good night. this north coast californian was recommended by tim at winetree. starting out sour, it needed to decant. after about 20 minutes, it had mellowed enough to be a welcome pour into our glasses. this is a masculine cab, meaning it's heavy, with an earthy feel and flavor that would cost more at any other vineyard. but this arnold palmer -- yes, it's named after the golfer -- is a good buy at around $14. winetree. 14.1 percent alcohol.
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.