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Donati Family Vineyards Paicines Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

by Nannette Eaton on July 3, 2009

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Donati Paicines

Lesson of the day.  Time and patience wins the day.  I received this sample from Donati Family Vineyards for an on-line tasting on WineSpace.  I was instructed to open the wine the day prior to the event.  The ever obedient Wine Harlot, opened it in the morning, then poured a glass in the evening and scored the wine, per the instructions.  I rated it an 18, with tasting notes of, “On the whole, the wine is well-crafted, no obvious faults; but it’s not magical. It looks and smells fantastic, but the flavor was muted.”  It was also a bit hot.

What a difference a day makes.  “After tasting it yesterday, I didn’t think it would hold up second day.  But it’s even better.  Although the aroma I adored on day one is gone, the increased flavor more than makes up for it.  The heat is gone, and the tannins have mellowed, allowing the fruit to come out.”  There was a glass left on the third day, and it was a bit oxidized, but still drinkable.  Buy this one and let it cellar for a couple of years or make sure this gets a proper decanting for a few hours before serving.  Have some patience

Alcohol 14.6%.  Cork closure.  Sourced from cabernet sauvignon grapes from the family vineyard in San Benito County, California.  The suggested retail is $30, with the club member price of $24.  If you’re going to be near the Central Coast on the 4th, drop by the Donati Tasting Room for the Paicines Cabernet Release Party and pick up a couple of bottles.  Tell ‘em a wine harlot sent you.

The classic pairing would be a grilled steak, if you would prefer a meatless option, eggplant parmesan would be a good match.  The music match is “Holiday” by Green Day from the album American Idiot.