Kunde Estate 2004 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($18.99)
Very dark reddish-violet with a garnet edge. Good, benchmark California Cabernet scent, black fruit with hints of black cherry and currant and perhaps just a whiff of dark chocolate in the background. Flavors are consistent with the nose, bright and fresh black fruit nicely shaped by zippy acidity. There's a touch of soft tannins, but any astringency is eclipsed by good, juicy and not overdone fruit. Although it has a bit of non-traditional fruit in the blend, it remains varietally correct for Cabernet and stands as a good introduction to the grape. US Importer: (Oct 4, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Although Cabernet Sauvignon is a natural with beef or lamb, I love it with roasted or grilled chicken. It was a triumph with a butterflied free-range chicken roasted at high heat, and made a particularly appealing match with the crispy skin.

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