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Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 11.51.06 AMIt is always nice to keep finding wines that you cannot find in the grocery store. If you live near or in the city or near a Napa, I am sure that this is an everyday thing. For us who live in rural areas, like Virginia, we either find it with our wineries or we have to get it online. But online can be very expensive especially if you consider shipping cost.

That is why I love Underground Cellar with their cloud cellar and free shipping at 12 bottles. At a certain point, you have to imagine that it is built into the mark up of the bottles. I assume the only other way to do it is really overcharge the ones who get less than a case but I think Underground only charges $5 shipping for 6.

This brings us to the very boutique 2009 Alma Sol Encantada Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California. Only 96 cases of this wine was made. It retails on the winery’s website for $26 and here are the tasting notes:

Using premium grapes sourced from Cuevas Family Vineyard and Still Waters Vineyard, our Cabernet Sauvignon is a tribute to old-world, balanced style with new-world, California fruit. Barrel-aged for 20 months in 100% French oak, this wine offers flavors of purple fruit, cassis, lilac, and caramel vanilla toast.

Sounds good so how was it?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Leather, cedar, and black cherry.

Taste – Leather, black cherry, black pepper, red cherry and plum.

Finish – Medium to high, medium to high acid, and bold rounded tannins.

Overall, this is a very good smooth wine. It has lots of flavor and isn’t too fruit forward. It is a good balance between fruit forward and earthy. It has those cedar and leather notes but also has red cherry and plum. I highly recommend this wine, even if I did not get the cassis, lilac, and caramel vanilla toast.

Rating: A

~Justin