Sometime contributor, No Star, has cautioned TWC that during times of upheaval and uncertainty (like right fargin' now) that, Wine Is The Only Answer.
Wait. TWC said that.
No Star actually said, with mostly bad news, now more than ever we need wine reviews. And he's obliged us with.....
A NoStar Wine Review:
Life does not get better than this: I was sitting out on a veranda watching a foursome zig zag their way down a fairway, and a beautiful blond, whom I am crazy over, brought me a glass of 2005 Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon. The setting sun filtering through the trees danced in the deep garnet liquid like a hyper-active firefly. The wine is anything but hyper-active.
The nose is a mellow mélange of blackberries and a touch of blueberries. The bottle touts blackberry, cedar, and chocolate notes. I won’t argue about the cedar and chocolate, but I can’t verify it either. It doesn’t matter though; the wine is delicious and relaxing. This Cab is medium dry with a structure that is not overpowering, with just enough tannin to support the berry flavors.
As the sun set the mosquitoes came out and chased us inside. Their timing could not have been better as the barbecued chicken with red onion pizza was ready to be pulled from the oven and, as it turned out, Lou Dobbs was on television lambasting Bush-lite and both parties in Congress. Proving its versatility, the Benziger is just as satisfying with food and Lou’s commentary as it is by itself.
I usually try to discover and write about economy priced wines that are worth drinking. This wine is out of that price range going around $22, but is worth it. Of course, that is easy for me to say since my lovely hostess pulled it from her own wine collection. If you don’t have the mistress of a Thomas Kinkade inspired chateau serving you wine, you should buy a few bottles and stash them away to delight the next fair maiden or handsome prince who visits.
On the NoStar three-tiered scale, the Benziger vaults over Spillable and Swillable to land firmly in the Refillable category. However, if you are in a less intimate setting with more than two people you probably won’t get the opportunity to refill your glass.
Editors Note: Benziger Cabs are priced in the mid teens here in the Great State of Californicate. Benziger is not technically organic, but they produce the wine with a minimum of interference in the natural process. No, I will not say the winery is Green (a ghastly, plastic term of the terminally hip-heh). But they are.