Divine Wine Sunday: Niner Cabernet Sauvignon

Last weekend, while enjoying a lovely dinner out on the Scottsdale scene (and just before hitting up my favorite dive karaoke bar), I had the pleasure of tasting this week’s Divine Wine. As previously mentioned here on Wino to Wine Know, I visited several of Paso Robles’s wineries last fall and on the list of wineries to visit was Niner.  Several people had suggested Niner as a good stop but I wasn’t able to fit it in among all the others at which I “sipped” vino.  So last week, when my dinner date suggested we order that Niner Cab off the Wildfish wine menu, I gladly agreed!  And much like the many other Paso Robles red wines I’ve tried, I thoroughly enjoyed it…

Before getting too far along, I would like to take a moment to say HAPPY PISCEAN BIRTHDAY to my blogging guru and friend, Miss Dreamer!!  May we try this Divine Wine together some day soon…

Divine Wine of the Week: Niner Cabernet Sauvignon (2007), Niner Winery, Paso Robles, CA

Price Range: $28 from the Winery, $44 at Wildfish, $30-ish for a Niner Winery bottle (Twisted Spur) at Olive & Ivy Marketplace, (have not seen it available at wine shops….yet)

Wino Assessment…

So some of you astute Winos may be thinking, “Wait, what? You went to a seafood restaurant and ordered a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to go with your fish??”  To  you astute folk, I say, “Yes! Yes, I did.” To the few to none of you who may have no opinion on this, I say, don’t believe all the hype out there that fish can only be paired with white wine.  It isn’t true.  And I don’t know why people believe that red cannot go with fish. But that’ll be a future blog post on Thoroughly Wine Know Thursday some week…

Ok, so back to my assessment of the wine.  From the first sip, I knew I loved this wine… so much so that I wanted to take small sips to ensure it lasted for a while.  (That said, I generally find that big sips allow you to experience the flavor of the vino a bit more.) I’d say it is a medium to full bodied red.  Note that I want to say full-bodied more than medium, but have learned that whenever I think a wine is “full” it seems to be described as a medium-bodied wine by the experts… so I’m learning despite this consistently off instinct on wine verbiage. Now, I was just struggling to find the words that I wanted to use to describe the flavor of this wine, so I just referred back to the Flavors and Aromas list of a previous post, “Let’s Talk About Taste“.  I feel like this wine was woody or earthy to start with perhaps a black cherry type flavor, but had a silky smooth finish.  Essentially… just my kind of wine!  (Fear not… I shall keep expanding my horizons so that I don’t only write up wines like Niner’s Cabs here on this bloggity blog.)

The Grape…

On my last Divine Wine Sunday post, I passed off this section with the note that I had already written about Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on previous posts.  While there are many, many different kinds of grapes out there, I feel  like I’ll run into this “repeat” info on grapes type problem repeatedly. So I’m working on some changes to the content of posts, but for now, will not be repeating info on grapes here on Divine Wine Sunday.  (Stay tuned for blog revisions soon to come!!)

The Wine…

The Niner Winery has a very thorough “fact sheet” on this fine Divine Wine that covers information about the vineyard, the vintage, the winemaking process, and more.  I’ve copied the winery’s tasting notes here:

“This vintage is again classic Cabernet Sauvignon. It has pleasant herbal notes in the nose, along with lavender, dark red and black fruits, some tar and a little smoke. Flavors include cassis and dark cherry, with a hint of herbaceousness. It has a plump mid palate of dried cranberry, nice depth, fine tannins, and a long lasting finish.”

As usual, the winery description of the wine, once I hear it, seems spot on.  “Herbal notes” and “black fruit” and “a little smoke”… I wouldn’t say my description was spot on, but I don’t think it was too far off! (Am I giving myself too much credit??)  Also, when they say, “long lasting finish”, all I can think is, “exactly!  THAT’s what I meant!”  PS: I am going to incorporate “herbasceousness” into my daily vocabulary.

The other fun fact info on the winery’s fact sheet for this wine lists a few suggested food pairings.  While fish isn’t on the list, Cheddar Bacon Burgers are.  And quite frankly, anything that goes with a cheddar bacon burger has got to be a good wine in my book.  (Other suggested food pairings include Italian Roast Beef and Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Sauce.)

The Region…

Paso Robles is a warmer areas of the Central Coast of California.  It is “sun-baked” and has “oak-studded hills” (The Wine Bible).  Due to the Santa Lucia mountains, the Paso region is blocked from the Pacific’s ocean air influences.  While the nights are cool, the days are hot and dry, which apparently is what grapes like cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, and syrah thrive in.  And it seems that Niner’s Cab is made of grapes that did, indeed, thrive in this climate…

So there it is – the Divine Wine of the Week.  If you try and of Niner’s wines, I’d love to hear about it!

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