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Saturday, December 09, 2006

2003 Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a pretty popular brand that we’ve finally gotten around to trying, I paid $11 for this one but it seems to retail for closer to $15.

The nose is a bit misleading–it’s all oak, black fruit, and earth.

I get raspberry, cherry, a bit of blueberry, a touch of vanilla, some mild oak, and very smooth tannins. It’s definitely a Cab, but it’s fruity for the varietal. The oak really comes out on the finish, with some tobacco, and cherry on top of it.

It's not a terribly complex Cabernet, but it's good one. Soft enough to drink alone, but firm enough to have with dinner, this holds up and in the lower teen price range, this is priced right.

I’m a sucker for a cool label and am always happy when the wine inside is as good as the outside. A great looking bottle and a great tasting wine–to me, that’s the recipe for a great gift. With Christmas around the corner I’ll be buying this one again and passing it along.

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