I guess you could say I’m a big fan of Scott Harvey. I’ve gushed over his Syrah many times here. So the other day when I was wandering through the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, I picked up a bottle of Scott’s 2000 Cabernet.
Other than Scotts imprimatur, I don’t know much about this wine — where he gets his fruit, the winemaking, and the production volume are all a bit of a mystery, as Scott doesn’t have much publicity going for his own label.
At the end of the day, though, what matters is how it tastes, so on with the notes!
Perfect ruby in the glass , this wine has a strongly aromatic nose of cherry candy, roses, with a hint of basil. Because the nose is so floral I wonder if there is any Cab Franc in here. The body of the wine is mellow with a nice lift in the front palate with strong flavors of cola and cherry throug the finish. This is a light Cabernet that is not heavily oak driven, nor overwhelmingly tannic.
Because of the lighter, less structured character of this wine, I would warn against pairing it with anything too salty, garlicky, or herbally intense. This is a perfect comfort food wine and one that would go well with a beef brisket with pearl onions and baby carrots.
Overall Score: 8.5/9
How much?: $20
Other than the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, this may be tough one to find. It doesn’t seem to be available for sale online anywhere that I can see.