The wine that inspired yesterday's rant.
(Full disclosure: this wine was received as a press sample.)
2009 Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley $22
A simple joy to drink. Unpretentious, yet alluring and generous. No need to decant this accessible wonder. It doesn't jump out of the glass as much as it overflows. Expect copious quantities of dense, super dark fruit, sophisticated spice, and a deliberate vanilla streak from the oak - all in balance. Moderately extracted and full-bodied, this Cabernet has all the exhilaration of a wine three times its price. And on day two, the thrills come in set waves of increasing length and size, suggesting longevity for this beast. For God's sakes, get yourself a bottle - better yet a case - stat.
MSRP is $27, but depending on your market, you may find it as low as $17.