This year I’m celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a old adage that wine gets better with age. The Aurielle is a higher end Napa Valley wine that if cellared for a few years will totally ROCK!  

However, I have neither the patience nor discipline to wait for a wine to peak so I uncorked the bottle and poured it into a decanter. Just letting the wine breathe for about 20 minutes was a remarkable act of self-restraint on my part.

The wine is well balanced with flavors of plum, black cherry, berries, tobacco and leather. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety with firm, fine-grained tannins that provide excellent structure. It matches particularly well with garlic, rosemary, sage and would pair well with grilled meats, gourmet burgers, rich seafoods, risottos, cream based sauces and nutty, aged-cheeses. Of course I was too impatient to prepare any food so I savored the wine all by itself.  

I recommend that you buy at least two bottles – one to enjoy now and one to cellar. It will definitely appreciate in quality and value. Cheers!

Alcohol Level: 14%
Suggested Retail Price: $90

Disclosure: I’m not a sommelier or even a wine snob. I’m just a regular guy who loves wine. I frequently participate in food and wine chats on Twitter where I share what I like and I learn from others what they like. From time to time winemakers and marketers will send me a bottle of wine to review. If I like it, I’ll tweet about it and possibly even write a blog post about it. If I don’t, you’ll never see it mentioned. I am not paid to review wines. The wine I am sent is my only compensation.

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