2005 Lapis Luna Shoup Vineyard Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon: Very good
feb. 12, 2011: we finished off the evening drinking the rest of this californian from winetree. this shoup vineyard cab is actually a pretty star wine for less than $20. greg said it smelled like berries. "it's not a strong, masculine cab, but it's smooth, fruity, with good tannins." i thought the nose was leathery, with some dark berries. it tasted like blackberries. it was a rich wine, soft, smooth and a very worthwhile try. it also had quite a bit of sediment (that you can see in the photo.) 13.9 percent alcohol. $16.99 with 10-percent discount.
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.