It’s always fun when you stumble across a local wine you’ve not yet given a try.
Such was the case for us a couple weeks back when we picked up a bottle of the Aquinas 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley to go along with our barbeque.
Aquinas (pronounced ah-kwine-es) is a label under the Don Sebastiani & Sons umbrella. More specifically, Don & Sons’ Three Loose Screws Wine Company distributes Aquinas Napa Valley as part of its focus on upscale, but moderately priced varietal wines. Aquinas defines itself as delivering “affordable Napa Valley varietals with class and tradition that recognize the rich history and culture of Napa.” The label is named after St. Thomas Aquinas, a revolutionary scholar from the 13th century.
Our first impression was that this was a tightly-wound wine. A young Cabernet, it showed a big nose of bright red fruit, including blackberry, cherry and currant. We were a bit worried this was going to be an ‘in-your-face’ wine, but were pleasantly surprised by how it opened up over time.
We found it to be medium-bodied with solid tannins and much more subtle and sophisticated on the palate than it was on the nose.
This wine would pair well with hearty pasta dishes with red sauce and meat (sausage, meatballs) or just about any grilled meat (steak, hamburger, pork, etc.).
This Cab has a dense red color with deep plum edges. The rich cassis, coffee and sweet leather aromas fold into a supple matrix of blueberry, blackberry, and black currant. The finish features integrated tannins with good astringency and subtle vanilla notes. The lingering finish is a symphony of raspberry and caramel.
The wine checks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume.
The ’07 regularly retails for right around $16 per 750ml bottle, however we got ours on sale from a local market for $11.99 per 750ml bottle.
A pleasant surprise, the Aquinas 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a young wine that’s ready to drink if you’re willing to give it time to breathe and mellow out.
We won’t hesitate to pick it up again provided we can find it at the $12 per 750ml bottle price range.
Browse our previous Cabernet Sauvignon reviews.