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Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 3.05.22 PMWithout getting into a debate on screw top or cork screw, I would imagine that the hardest thing to do in the wine business would be to sell an expensive screw top. I would imagine that if most people want to invest $30 or more in a bottle of wine they would want the cork. I mean, really, who saves their screw caps? Technically, it is illogical being that you have a better chance of the wine going bad.

That short-winded rant brings us to the retail $30 dollar 2009 Spelletich 3 Spells Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley. I also got this wine from an Underground Cellar deal and I think this was the base bottle. I could not find it on the Spelletich’s website but I did find the tasting notes on “The Wine Spies” website:

Look: Nearly opaque dark crimson at its core, with a lighter ruby fringe.
Smell: A nicely balanced aroma array, with notes of slightly stewed dark plum, redwood bark, and touches of mint and eucalyptus.
Taste: Powerful yet balanced, with bold notes of dried blackberry and black cherry and hints of redwood bark and lightly steeped hibiscus tea.
Finish: A fitting culmination for this very bold wine, the main flavors of fruit, earth, and spice thoughtfully fade away into a slight tartness.
Pairing: A filet marinated in garlic and rosemary, flash grilled with a balsamic reduction sauce. We would also recommend an eggplant lasagna as a possible vegetarian option.

Very detailed to say the least. Probably more detailed than my own. Though I would disagree with flash grilled filet, I was thinking more of an open flamed ribeye. Just kidding. So how was it?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Licorice, spice, bold black cherry and plum.

Taste – Exploding dark fruit this one is definitely a fruit forward wine. I did get a little bit of plum and cherry as well.

Finish – Medium to long with medium to high acid and sharp medium tannins.

Overall, this is a very good food wine. It would go well with almost anything red meat. It is your definitive fruit forward wine. Even though I like a more balanced earth to fruit wine, I still really liked this one. Not sure if it is worth $30 but hey if you find it for less pick it up.

Rating: B+