Sometimes wines can be so technically correct, yet leave you kind of ho-hum. That summarizes the 2001 Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon, which hails from the Alexander Valley appelation in Sonoma, California.
Purchased at Sherry-Lehmann in NYC one year ago on the recommendation of the wine consultant, this wine was a beautiful, deep cherry red. On the nose it resembled many of the cabs I tasted in Napa last fall - fruity, vegetal, with lots of blackberry, pepper and liquorice, supported by some floral, mint, and butterscotch/vanilla aromas - at first rather simple, but giving up secrets throughout the evening. Oaky, with velvety tannins, this was a very smooth, juicy, and balanced wine. A big, powerful New World cab that still has a few years left, and may improve.
Overall, don't let the first line fool you - this is a smooth, well-made wine, but may not resonate with those who seek old world wines.
Price: US$32.50 (Sherry-Lehmann)