Sarah on May 29, 2013 0 Comments A serious hodgepodge of varietals, the chosen wines for tasting this week are: a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, a Merlot from Napa Valley and, to add some spice, a Garnacha from Spain. Here are our tasting notes: Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 The first flagship wine of the Roots Run Deep winery, this Napa Valley Cab is rich and robust. Dark fruit flavors like cherry and blackberry are paired with moderate tannins, hints of spice and smooth vanilla notes. The berries and vanilla are smooth while the spices and tannins cut through and give it boldness. The lingering finish will leave you wanting more. The perfect pair for a steak. At $20 a bottle, this is a great Cabernet Sauvignon for the price. Trefethen Merlot 2008 Produced in the beautiful Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, this classic style Merlot from Trefethen Family Vineyards is as wonderfully complex as it is balanced. The powerful notes of ripe black cherry, sweet vanilla, and currant aromas prelude a round, firm, and opulent palate of dark cherry, plum, and pie spice flavors. A lingering finish touched with the precisely right amount of oak to remind you of the wine’s growing region. Veraz Garnacha Campo de Borja 2010 One of the best under $10 bottles of wine around. Very distinct pepper aromas introduce this wine, raspberry and cherry jam-like fruitiness takes you through and again a hint of pepper is tasted on the finish. You feel a serious weight in your mouth with this Spanish wine. If you’re looking for a cheap wine to pair with a pizza or pasta dish, this is the perfect one. A wide range in tastes and aromas, each of these wines brings something unique and note-worthy to the table. Consider bringing one to your table sometime this week.