Thursday, February 28, 2013

Exploring Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon

Leese - Fitch, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2010 $13.99
My rating for this bottle? I would drink a few sips.

This bottle of wine is a perfect example of how sometimes using an aerator can come in handy. The wine was light overall - in color, smell, and taste. It had no body or complexity and not really a good example of a Cabernet Sauvignon. I was hugely disappointed in my first sip and decided to run the wine through an aerator.

An aerator is a nifty little wine gadget that pulls oxygen through the wine as you pore it through into your glass. The onslaught of oxygen opens the wine up, essentially decanting it with super speed. It is supposed to enhance the flavors of your wine (I think it does). In this case it made a bland wine drinkable. 

I don't recommend going crazy and using the aerator on every bottle you open, but it is a nice piece to have in your back pocket for those times when it's 17 degrees out, you already opened a bottle, and going back out into the cold for something better is not an option. 

You can purchase an aerator just about anywhere, here is the one I use.


  1. I love that you know enough about wine to say something doesn't have body. I have no idea what good and bad wine is. I know that some doesn't taste that good, but then my friends are like this is amazing. I have no idea. but that's a good gadget if it helps wines taste better.

  2. Is it really that bad? I kind of enjoy this Cab....for the price point, I think it's pretty ok, no? As far as aerators go, though, I am SO with you.

    1. It isn't terrible. But after going to Napa Valley and being totally spoiled by seriously awesome Cabs, I've become rather snobbish regarding the varietal. It didn't stop me from drinking it though!


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