Wine: Discoveries Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Country: United States
It is pretty much a given that to enjoy a quality California Cab you are going to have to reach fairly deep into your wallet. So it’s always a challenge for me to find a cabernet that is sweetly priced to pour as the house Cab in my restaurants. I have featured at least ten house Cabernets over the last 30 years, and the Firestone is by far the best. I shouldn’t be surprised – Firestone Vineyard, on the brink of closing, was acquired by Bill Foley, a maestro when it comes to resurrecting wineries and reestablishing their credibility. This wine, 76% Cab, 9% Cab Franc, 8% Syrah and 7% Petite Sirah, is soft and fruity, but has depth and weight, and actually tastes like a Cabernet, unlike other inexpensive, generic California Cabs.