I first tasted this wine at the Society for American Wine annual cab tasting event. They used it as the reception wine. This wine is a bargain $17.95. What you have here is a solid Californian cab. Absolutely varietal in flavor. This wine has lovely fruit a medium finish and just the right amount of oak. Out of the bottle it has a beautiful bouquet of cassis just as one would expect. There was a slight bit of bitterness when first opened that eased nicely after a 1 hour decant. Still just a touch of it on the finish but by no means nasty. I would say even as little as 1 year of aging would help but it can easily be enjoyed now. I would give this an 89-90 rating. It’s a solid wine that you can’t go wrong with. I served it with a strip loin steak with rice and shitake mushrooms … For dessert, Mrs. Fields double chocolate fudge brownies. Yumm …
From the LCBO Web site:
CLOS LA CHANCE RUBY-THROATED CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005
VINTAGES 966069 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 17.95
Wine, Red Wine, 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : D
Made in: California/Californie, United States
By: Clos La Chance
Release Date: Oct 11, 2008
This wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. The fruit for this wine was sourced from an 80 acre (32 ha) estate vineyard planted to over 20 varieties. This plethora of varieties has given winemaker Stephen Tebb a ‘spice box’ of wines to choose from when making his blends. This one features aromas and flavours of sweet blackberry, blueberry and rose petals. It has a rich, full mouthfeel with a long, balanced finish. Try it tonight with grilled lamb chops.