Wine Wisdom

Irony cabernet dazzles with complexity, price

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The prices of Napa Valley cabernets are rising faster than most of us can believe, which makes the 2011 Irony Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, at least, price attractive. After one taste it’s a double bonus, as this lovely red is a really grand bargain for cabernets.

Owned by the Indelicato family of the San Joaquin Valley, this is a great step up from their lower priced table wine offerings. I have no idea how they came up with the name, but the first cork I pulled had the following message: “Plan Spontaneity.” Now, that’s ironic.

The wine that followed was not, as it was as good and correct as any Napa Valley cabernet should be. The wine opened with enticing aromas of blackberry jam, currant and black licorice, with a hint of mint, clove and savory dried herbs. This full-bodied wine delivers dark berry flavors, mixed with layers of vanilla, mocha and a touch of earthiness.

It’s important to note that those expensive cabernets are more of an aging wine than this one, and that is why they cost more. This 2011 Irony, $14 a bottle, was aged in French and American oak like those pricy Napa cabs are, but only for seven months as opposed to a few years.

If your wine place does not carry it, have the manager call Heidelberg Distributing.


Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.

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