A 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is the second release I'm looking at from Locatelli Vineyards & Winery. Cabernet isn't one of the primary varietals I think of when Paso Robles comes to mind. But I'm always curious to see what a producer is up to with this much discussed grape.
The 2004 Locatelli Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 3 ½ years. This wine sells for $20.
This Cabernet Sauvignon has a big nose full of casis, berry fruit, vanilla and cedar notes. Initial sips find this big, rich Cabernet to be a little tight and in need of some air. Decanting for an hour or so is heartily recommended to allow this wine to show it's best. Once this offering has opened up it shows big, ripe berry fruit, good acidity and firm tannins. There are loads of blackberry notes in the mid-palate underscored by a persistent mocha note. The finish features dark, dried fruit notes with underlying white pepper and spice notes. Pair this wine with a steak or other suitably big foods.
The bottom line is that there's nothing small, restrained or gentle about this Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a big, exuberant, full bodied and opulent Cabernet Sauvignon befitting its Paso Robles home. Along those lines if you like big, juicy, fruit forward wines that also have a good level of complexity, this is a wine to check out. If you're outside of California, contact the winery directly as many of their offerings are limited production.
Coming Up: Melodia, a blend from Locatelli Vineyards & Winery.
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