The Oeno File: 2008 World’s End “Good Times, Bad Times” Cabernet Sauvignon

May 20th, 2011

By Chris Gill

Family Radio boldly proclaimed that Saturday, May 21, 2011, is going to be judgment day, so what could be more appropriate than to spend judgment eve savoring a bottle of World’s End “Good Times, Bad Times”? This Cabernet Sauvignon—the first of several California wines produced by noted Bordeaux garagiste Jonathan Maltus—is named after a Led Zeppelin song and produced using grapes from the legendary 89-acre Beckstoffer To-Kalon vineyard in Oakville, California, which are also used to make top-scoring wines by Schrader, Tor Kenward, and Paul Hobbs.

Like its Led Zeppelin namesake, World’s End “Good Times, Bad Times” is sweet and melodious yet heavy and hard-hitting. Powerful black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry fruit notes mingle with espresso and spice overtones held together by textures that are as smooth as a John Paul Jones bass line. If you believe the doomsday predictions, drink this now but give it at least two hours of air. And if you’re an optimist (or naysayer), look out for these upcoming 2009 varietal releases from World’s End: “If Six Was Nine” (Cabernet Sauvignon), “Little Sister” (Merlot), and “Against the Wind” (Cabernet Franc).

For more information visit JCP Maltus

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