2005 Lapis Luna Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon: Tobacco, blackberry
jan. 13, 2011: this is my second lapis luna since november 2010. then, we had the shoup vineyard, and without realizing the difference, i bought the lodi appellation tonight at winetree for $13.99. immediately the flavor is much sweeter than other cabs we've had. it's got a smoky tobacco nose, but once you take a sip, the flavor turns to syrupy blackberry. this californian is also easy to drink, and at 14.2 percent alcohol, it's nothing to sneeze at. i don't know why this particular cab is sweeter and less earthy than other cabs we've had, but it's got enough sugar to remind me of a red zinfandel. i'd definitely try this one again. it was also a good choice to close a rough work night that ends with a friday off.
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.