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A wine to try: 2009 Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2009 Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon goes with prime rib, roasts, wild mushrooms and cheese. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The 2009 Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon goes with prime rib, roasts, wild mushrooms and cheese. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

A WINE TO TRY

2009 Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

About $25

Elegant and richly textured

Goes with: Prime rib, roasts, wild mushrooms, cheese

Christian Moueix and his winemaking team knock it out of the park with this moderately priced Napa Valley Cabernet. Made with just a touch (4 percent) of Petit Verdot, the 2009 Carpe Diem has impeccable balance; a silky texture; soft, rounded tannins; and, underneath it all, beautiful Napa Valley fruit. This is a Cabernet built not to dominate but to go with food. The quality may not be such a surprise from the owner of Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux and Dominus in Napa Valley, but the price, about $25, certainly is. This one could hold its own against some of the valley’s most lauded $100 bottles.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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