2008 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino-Lake County

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92 points, an Editors' Choice and #21 on the Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2010: "A wonderful red wine, full-bodied, dry and elegant. It shows Cabernet character in the blackberries, cherries and black currants, but that’s balanced with an earthiness and minerality and even some smoked meat notes that must come from a perpercentage of Syrah and Petite Sirah. Tasted in a flight of much more expensive Cabs, this one easily stood out. Drink now 2011." (10/11)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/1/2010  | Send Email
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In the wine business we spend entirely too much time evaluating wines above $40 a bottle and not enough time finding great wines in the $10-$15 range that truly over-deliver. The 2008 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect example of a wine that does just that, over-delivers. This wine has juicy red fruit with great balance and subtle hints of vanilla and spice. The finish is long with good lift and there's just enough acidity to make this the perfect food wine. If you're looking for a great everyday Cabernet Sauvignon under $15 your search is over and it is organic to boot!
Drink from 2010 to 2014

 By: Jeremy Cabral |  Review Date: 9/16/2011 
Tasty when opens up!

 By: Lucas Taroli |  Review Date: 2/15/2011 
Extremely light body, goes smooth into a lack luster finish. Not much fruit, but a hint of light cherry. Very simple wine that all could enjoy over some crackers and cheese. However, there are far better wines for the price or near the price that are more enjoyable:

2005 Moon Mountain Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (12.99) or even better the 2006 Ruston Cuvee Simone Napa Valley Red Wine (16.99).

 By: Mike Kahns |  Review Date: 1/1/2011 
Medium body, good structure, really nice flavors, probably will drink best now and for another 2-3 years. It tastes like a good cab, wish it had a little more weight and follow through but then it would cost at least $30. At this price a really good deal and very appealing wine. We just had it with steak and fries which it complemented well, and I would love this with burgers or meatloaf. I wanted to keep some to see what it would taste like day 2, but it forced me to finish the bottle. It is 13.5% ABV.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Lake County

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