Cabernet Sauvingon is the wine I usually turn to in the freezing depths of Nebraska winter. To me, it’s warm, dark, and tannic. And depending on the type, sometimes spicy like a Syrah.
I corked a 2009 Chuck’s Cabernet last night over a huge plate of shepherd’s pie – what better way to stave off the cold? The shepherd’s pie was excellent, but I don’t think the two-buck-chuck held up its end very well.
Instead of a rich tannic wine, this Cabernet tends to sit high on the tongue. It has a sharp, floral, grassy tang remarkably similar to the Nouveau. It’s bright and bitter, but it does have that nice tannic tang which a cab should have.
Much like the Nouveau, this is not a bad wine by any means. It has a scaffold of the classic cab flavor profile, but it comes off as young and underdeveloped. It seems to me that age would treat this rather well. All things told, I enjoyed it for what it was but it doesn’t sate my appetite for a dark, spicy, tannic, winter wine.