California cabernet is ripe but leaves favorable fruit impression
My latest wine discovery is the 2011 3 Girls Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Lodi appellation. The wine is made by Oak Ridge Vineyards, and the name emanates from the three owners of the winery, each having a daughter.
Made with 89 percent cabernet, 5 percent petite sirah and 6 percent zinfandel, this rich red has aromas of vanilla, mulled cherries and a neat, almost smoky, nuance. The mouth is very ripe, but alcohols are in line with the fruit impression. Lodi is ideally situated between the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay, where the warm days and cool evening breezes create a uniquely Mediterranean climate perfectly suited to cultivating cabernet sauvignon.
So far, this wine has won a number of awards but it is rather reasonably priced at $13 a bottle. I think it can mature another two to three years, but at that price there is no reason to wait. This is a drinker’s wine if I have ever had one. If your place cannot find it, contact Eastlake’s Wines LLC.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.