Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley, California
For those looking for an everyday wine that tastes like a splurge, look no further than Roots Run Deep Winery's assortment of Educated Guess wines. Particularly their Cabernet. The first time I had this wine I remember initially being attracted to the label which shows an assortment of winemaking formulas. I hate to be that superficial person, but from time to time a label will spark my interest enough to justify a purchase. Look at this label and tell me that you do not want to take it home and study it and do your best to jump start the dormant files of information from your high school chemistry class education that have just been sitting there in the back of your mind waiting for the right time to come into play. That time is now.
Chemistry always interested and entertained me because it can look so complex even when it is explaining something so simple like water or the decomposition of water into oxygen and hydrogen gas through electrolysis. But it also entertains me because one time in class my friend/lab partner Sharon's sweatshirt sleeve caught on fire and she flailed around the room trying to put it out while I stood frozen next to the bunsen burner, overcome by the giggles. Clearly she did not follow safety instructions and roll up the sleeves of her Something Corporate sweatshirt but also we all learned that I cannot be counted on to put out on-person fires. I will let you burn to death. Sorry.
Cabernet grapes, depending on their origin can typically be one of two things: fruity and bold or fruity and light. Cabernet wines originating from warmer climate regions such as California, Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Spain tend to be more black fruit-forward with a higher alcohol content and spunkier tannins. Cabs from cooler climates such as France, Chile, Northern Italy, Washington state and Northern California will have more red fruit characteristics with a lighter body. I tend to stick more to the warmer climate producers because I prefer a bolder tasting Cabernet.
The first time that I had this wine I am not sure where I was. I want to say in Chicago, but I think that it was at home. Doesn't matter I guess because I was so enamored by the rugged beauty of this wine that the time and place of our first encounter escapes me. Everything from the label to the aromas to the flavor was such an isolated experience that I do not recall anything else.
All I do know is that I keep coming back to this wine, over and over again.
Pair With: Making better life choices. (If someone knows the secret to making better life choices please E-mail me.)
Tasting Notes: A lot of good solid structure. Notes of blackberry and cherry with a hint of chocolatey goodness. A nice warm finish with bold, lingering tannins. I wish everyone would try this wine at least once and experience the aromas and flavors for themselves.
Chug It: I would go easy on it. Or not. Make an educated guess as to how much 14.5% alc by vol your body can handle straight up and continuously.
Editor's Note: Thank you to all of those who have sent kind comments and E-mails my way. It is a very generic thing to say but it really means a lot to me and I do not know how else to express my gratitude. You really have no idea just how much. I immediately show your messages to my mom and my boyfriend and my friends because I am so excited that anyone reads, much less responds to my writing. If I haven't written back to you it is because I really tried and had technical difficulties (when sending me messages through the website form please always double check your E-mail address). I don't get a ton of them, but the few that I do get are always very kind and encouraging. It hasn't been an easy year for me but I am making strides to get as close to "happy" as I can. The fun thing about life is that no matter how high you get, you can always fall back down in as little as a day. But the good thing is that you can always somehow figure out a way to climb your way back up. I mean, it sucks because you have to start all of that work that you and your therapist did on yourself all over again but each time you reset yourself you get much stronger and it gets easier to face that climb.