Jean Leon 2006 “Reserva” Cabernet Sauvignon, Penedes

Posted by Keith Wallace

If you are  Scrooge McDuck wealthy, you don’t need this wine. If you habitually drop a few hundred on a bottle, this wine isn’t for you. If you have been a wine collector for over 5 years, this wine isn’t for you.

Jean Leon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Penedes 2006
Jean Leon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Penedes 2006

HOWEVER, if you are a wine lover who would love to spend less than $15 on a good wine; If you are interested in what fine wine delivers after being well-aged;  or if you want to drink some old wine: this wine is for you. This is a well-aged high-quality Cabernet at the peak of its life that costs a few pennies.

There are a few caveats: with all older wines, not every bottle is perfect. I suggest picking up three and trying them side by side. You know, education.

This is an intellectual Bordeaux-like wine—lean notes of cedar and cassis on the nose and a typical varietal note of green pepper. The palate is well structured with fresh red cherries and a hint of chocolate. The finish moves toward coriander, bay leaf, and soft sweet fruit.

This winery was started by the (now deceased) Jean Leon. He opened the Beverly Hills restaurant La Scala, in the ’50s and hobnobbed with Hollywood stars, including  James Deen.

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