I had planned on participating in the Twitter California Cabs (#CaliCabs) tasting, I really had. Unfortunately, there are some things that are more important than wine (shocking, I know). I had an opportunity to work with a ministry here in Lubbock that is offering a warm place for local homeless during the cold winter months, and I jumped on the opportunity. My humble hometown has 200,000 people, but no homeless shelter, so this is a real area of need here.
Anyway, that's not what this post is really about. The Cab that I was going to be tasting for the #CaliCabs event is the 2007 LangeTwins Cabernet. I received this wine as a press sample from the winery, and have been really excited to try it out. As those of you who regularly read my blog know, I'm a huge proponent of sustainability in winemaking, and the folks at LangeTwins have been engaged in sustainable farming for quite some time. This family has been farming for 5 generations, and after having been growers for so many years, they started making wine in 2005. LangeTwins wines are certified under the Lodi Rules, which you can read more about here.
The LangeTwins 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very reasonably priced California Cab, coming in at $15, or $13 for members of their wine club. The alcohol on this bottle comes in at 13.9%. This wine is Estate grown, and is aged for 14 months in French and American oak.
The nose on this wine is really pleasant, with notes of cherry and vanilla, as well as some spice and a bit of a floral component. On the sip, I get a lot of cherry and some dark fruit, more of that spiciness that I got on the nose, and a little bit of oakiness. This wine has some nice acidity to it, and just the right amount of tannins. I think that this wine is drinking really nicely right now, but you could probably also stick some in the cellar for a little while.
This is a really well balanced wine, with the oak characteristics and alcohol both playing nicely with the fruit. I find this to be a very enjoyable wine for sipping or with food. I think that this wine is a nice value at $15, and an even better one if you get the club price.
Update: Meant to mention something for my Texas vino amigos. LangeTwins wines can be found here in Tejas, so if you get a chance to buy a bottle, go for it.