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Greg Norman North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


Tonight we are sampling the 2007 California Estates, Greg Norman North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.  Wow, Greg Norman, the man, the golfer, the legend, the entrepreneur, and wine producer.  I’d say the man also known as the shark has had two careers most of us would only dream of.  Both a golf career and wine career are about passions in life, not just a paycheck or another day in the office.  Don’t get me wrong, I am sure he has worked very hard at his passions in order to be as successful as he has, I’m just thinking it has to be a little more fun than what I am used to in a day’s work.

Back to the wine, Greg Norman first made wine in Australia and then in California.  According to his California Estates website, Greg first experienced California wines when he was chosen to represent Australia back in 1976 for the World Cup of Golf.  I guess you could say the rest is history. His passion for wine continued to grow and in 1990 with the help of some winemakers from Beringer Blass that Greg partnered with, he founded Greg Norman Estates.

The North Coast area consists of land in the Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, where some of the best fruit is grown.  This wine exhibits a dark ruby red color with blackberry, black cherry and herb flavors.  The tannins are particularly mild for a young wine, although we did decant for one half hour based on the age of the wine.  A mild smooth finish completes this wine with just a hint of oak at the end.  I would certainly try other varietals of Greg Norman wines as well as purchase the Cabernet again and encourage our readers to do the same.  I should also mention the Cabernet is a good value, priced under $20.00.

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