By Donald Rosenberg:
The bottle: Cycles Gladiator 2006 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Where it's from: California's Monterey County, where Hahn Estates Winery makes moderately priced Cycles Gladiator, named after the Parisian bicycle company, and more expensive bottligns of chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot.
Where we found it: The wine is available in many stores, including World Market in Mayfield Heights.
Tasting notes: Dark red with scents of warm, ripe berries and hints of green olives and chocolate. The wine has a fine balance of generous, easy red fruit, pepper and wood. It's a cab with personality - and an exceptional value.
Pairings: Beef, chicken, pasta dishes, savory appetizers and tangy cheeses.