Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon (87% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Cabernet Franc; 4% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec)
Region: California – USA
Cost: $20 (SRP)
Dark red in the glass with aromas of baking spices, toasted oak, and chocolate. Flavors of cherry, plum, currant with soft tannins. Pairs well with steak, duck, wild game, and mushroom dishes.
Recommendations: Any time I see a suggestion that reads “steak” I have a hard time declining the invitation, and so it was with the 2007 Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. After a long week, a steak dinner sounded delicious, and I had just the wine at home to go with it.
While Blackstone labels this wine a Cabernet Sauvignon, it does have a few other grapes blended in (though still meeting the requirements to be listed as a single varietal), and these certainly added to the wine. While I didn’t a lot of the nose listed in the tasting notes due to a lot of alcohol on the nose (14.5%/vol), I definitely got flavors of cherry and a nice smooth tannic finish that I attributed to the Petit Verdot in the blend.
When paired with what I think may be the most perfect steak I’ve ever cooked, the smooth finish and full-bodied flavors were a perfect match. While I enjoyed the wine after I had finished dinner, this is very much a bottle that should at least be started with a meal. The full-bodied flavors and structure lend to it being a good pairing for bolder meals like a steak with a mushroom topping.
For the price ($20 suggested retail price), it’s a good quality steak wine that won’t disappoint and one I would recommend giving a try to the next time you’re looking at a steak dinner. If you can’t find the 2007 Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon at your local store, you can get it by going to this website.