Dinner the other night was at my boyfriend’s favorite local Italian restaurant. And while its appetizer of asparagus baked with pesto and parmesan makes my mouth water just to think of it, its wine list is tiny, with just a handful of reds and whites.
The tiny list became even smaller when the restaurant was out of the first two selections I made. Ultimately I left behind the Italian reds I had been thinking of and opted for the 2007 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Paso Robles region. The pairing of Italian food and Cali Cab gave me pause, but I knew Liberty School to be a solid producer and, a big bonus—the restaurant actually had this bottle!
Despite the oddball wine-and-food pairing, the Liberty School held up its end of the bargain. It showed pleasant dark berry and crème de cassis notes, with hints of spice and vanilla. It was medium-bodied, with a nice balance to the weight, modest tannins and subtle acidity. All around, a nice, easy-drinking Cabernet, which I rated 87 points, non-blind, with a nice, easy-drinking price tag. It was $35 a bottle on the list, and goes for about $10 at retail—very good for a Cali Cab.
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