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A Pair of California Cabs: Ca’na and Spann, 13 August 2008


Just a pair of Cabs I had during August 2008. My wife had a cold so no comments from Jenn. Anyone else have the Ca’na? It looked really old but tasted younger. The Spann was good though perhaps not the best buy.

2001 Tamayo Family, Ca’na, Cabernet Sauvignon, Contra Costa County – $21
This is a medium opaque with a garnet-brick-brown color throughout the glass. It looks rather ancient. There is savory dark fruit, chocolate, and some tea flavors. The fruit is soft and becomes stewed with air. There are moderate tannins in the finish and aftertaste. A bizarre wine that I didn’t much care for. Maybe it was cooked?

2003 Spann, Mayacamas Range, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley and Sonoma County – $27
This wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot. Of which 55% is sourced from Napa and 45% from Sonoma. This is medium garnet-ruby in the glass. It has a light nose of green olives and brine. In the mouth there are somewhat savory red fruit with underlying dark fruit flavors. Toast and light mineral flavors develop with air. There is bright acidity from the beginning that give liveliness followed by minimal tannins noticeable on the tongue-tip. The fruit is slightly soft.

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