June 19th, 2009

2006 Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Husband and I are on a continual quest to find the world’s best wines. Under $10. That doesn’t come out of a box. Or have a screw top. Not that I have anything against boxes or screw tops, but, in general,  those wines tend to taste like something made in a steel vat in Uncle Bud’s backyard.  

The 2006 Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our favorites. It’s velvety, smooth, and has a rich fruitiness. There may be some vanilla thrown in there.  It goes with just about anything, which is unlike most Cabernet Sauvignons – some which are way too heavy to eat anything with except for a 2 lb grilled porterhouse, if you know what I mean. With gristle.

This wine is fabulous for the price. We love it with any red meat off the grill or a robust pasta, but really, it goes with so much. It is very easy to drink (i.e. you don’t feel like your throat is on fire or is growing hair after taking a sip.) It also tastes just as great the next day (we use a low-tech device to pump out the air before sealing). The best part? It’s under $10. (Plus, it’s from Chile. Which means you can tell your guests the wine is from Chee-lay. Because you’re worldly like that.)

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