November 2012 – Matchbook Wines

Month: November 2012



November 12th, 2012

Mossback Cab WOW

by: Lane Giguiere

2009 Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet is the “Wine of the Week” on Stark Insider:

“What exactly is a Mossback? For one, it’s a wine. As in this Mossback 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($25) from Chalk Hill in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. I’m picking this sleeper (or “little garage wine” as owner John and Lane Giguiere call it) as the Stark Insider Wine of the Week for a few reasons.

First, this is a lush, well-made Cab that shows off a sophisticated intensity so familiar to the Chalk Hill sub AVA. Here, the porous volcanic soils produce a concentrated grape – resulting in leather-y, dust-y, and tobacco-y notes that are a real treat for those that appreciate wines with character to spare. I paired this one last week with a grilled Porterhouse (with steak fries, of course); nary a veggie in sight.

Then there’s the price. These days many in the wine business in and around Napa and Sonoma joke that any Cab under $100 is a veritable bargain. A steal! A bit of an exaggeration, yes. But there has been a steady increase in prices of well-made Cabernets, even those that are not considered “cult” wines – the Scarecrows, Harlans, Opus Ones, Screaming Eagles of the fine wine world. Fortunately, for the rest of us, “regular” wines are still being made. And, thankfully, they’re anything but regular.”

Read the entire review here