Today we review a 2007 -
WOW!! Holy mackerel, I love this bargain California cabernet. It’s spicy. It’s dense. It’s real. And it’s only $12 . . . . WTF?!
Kyle, at Capers & Lemons restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware, served me this wine and I need to buy him a 6-pack, at least, as thanks. For those of you who crave details that don’t matter: Jade Mountain is made of cabernet sauvignon grapes from Napa Valley (55%), Sonoma County (42%), and Lake County (3%).
It’s not the most natural, or organic wine you’ll ever taste. A few others in this price range (meaning, to be honest, a little more expensive) are more open, more bright, more “easy to taste” — this one is on the darker side, more extracted, more deep. But for 12 bucks, it’s AWEsome.
How does this dark-red-fruited value monster compare to the Boy Wonder, $9-$11 Five Rivers cabernet? It’s better. But if you compare the prices, it’s exactly comparable — meaning, Jade Mountain is $1 to $3 better than Five Rivers. Jade Mountain cab is more flavorful, more full-bodied and velvety, and has more prominent tannins. YUM. More steak, please.