2006 Cuvée Kristin Sonoma Valley, CA
A boutique, family-run winery in Sonoma County, CA, Korbin Kameron is known for its Cabernet and red blends. The winery bottles all estate-grown wines from their property on Mount Veeder, near the Napa/Sonoma border. The region's cool mornings and long, hot afternoons are ideal for producing Bordeaux varietals. Currently, the winery produces single varietal Cab and Merlot as well as the Cuvée Kristin. The 2006 Cuvée is a blend of 42 per cent Cab and 37 per cent Merlot filled out with Malbec, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is medium-bodied and made in an approachable style. Its aromas and flavors are of black plum and currant with a vegetal note of olive and a hint of chocolate at the back of the palate. For the price, we expected a bit more intensity, but its easy-drinking style should give it universal appeal. Try it with a turkey roulade, shallot and herb-rubbed London Broil or plate of grilled, Mediterranean vegetables. Or serve it with a platter of blue and goat cheeses.