Wise Wine Review:
Sonoma Creek Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Cost Score = 9/10 Points
Taste Score = 8/10 Points
Overall Score = 8.1/10 Points (Additional stats below)

Sonoma is a region rich in wonderful wine history. For this reason, I have chosen to spotlight one of many great wineries and perhaps one of the most popular California varietals today.

The winery: Sonoma Creek.

The wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.

This particular Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Creek is worthly of praise. Not only does it taste great but it also offers a great value with a price tag less than $20.

Take a minute to read about Sonoma's history and then read the rest of this post for a great but inexpensive example of what the region is producing today.

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Sonoma Creek Vineyards

Vintage Info:
�The bouquet is a heady mix of blackberries and cherries with hints of vanilla with toasty oak. This complex, full-bodied wine fills the palate with a mixture of rich berry flavors and creamy vanilla oak that leads to a long, elegant raspberry finish." �Sonoma Creek Winery

Recommended Food Pairing:
Winery's Recommendation- "Sonoma Creek Cabernet pairs well with Pork Bolognese, grilled meats and stews."

My Recommendation- I enjoyed this wine with a delicately sliced piece of crusted roast beef, a mound of fluffy mashed potatoes and a pile of verdant veggies. Normally I would pair a Cabernet Sauvignon with a thick, rich, fatty piece of beef. In this case, I was rewarded by this softer Cabernet compliment. The meat and red wine played well together without overpowering one another or fighting for my attention.

Producer: Sonoma Creek
Vintage: 2007
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County
Residual Sugar: 0.20%
TA: 6.4 g/liter
pH: 3.49
Production: 2000 cases
Alcohol %: 14.5
Aging: Small French Oak Barrels
Cost: ~$15

Wine Whore Score:

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My Savvy Sauvignon Sensory Experience...

To the eye: Deep black cherry hue indicating a curvy, well developed fruity body.

To the nose: Good fruit and oak bouquet with a pinch of brute acid spice and a hint of sour apple dancing on top.

On the tongue: Almost reminded me of a Zinfandel in character. The experience starts out sweet but not chewy and then turns to an acidic and tart drying finish. Overall, this Cabernet has good balance between sweetness and alcohol which makes the journey rather enjoyable. This wine is not flimsy or overwhelming either way.

Selling for less than $20 per bottle, this wine scores a 9 for cost and an 8.5 for enjoyability. Topping off the ratings with a highly regarded 8 for taste earns a total score of 34 out of 40 points and an average score of 8.1 out of 10 points.

It is clear that Sonoma and in this particular case, Sonoma Creek, has much to offer the world's library of great wine... try this Cabernet Sauvignon and see for yourself how Sonoma (land of the living liquid) weighs in among the best!

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