$13, 5 stars, 89 points, cabernet sauvignon, california, Lodi, Naked Wines
It’s the night after all the Christmas guests (family) have left and Moxie and I are recovering. A Lodi Cab Sav to pair with leftover Prime Rib seems in order. This one is nearly opaque and bright ruby in the glass. The nose is an interesting mix of pomegranate, plum, blackberry and black currant. Sweet cassis, a touch of oak and some pie crust hit me after a good swirl. The palate is tannic right off the bat with grippy sensations on my gums and teeth. The dark fruit flavors are pronounced with some oak and pie nuances in there as well. Medium bodied it has a shortish finish but I am having a hard time with the tannins which are overtaking any semblance of acidity on the back end. Slightly unbalanced structurally I think this will pass as the tannins integrate and allow the fruit and acidity to all play together on a more even keel. Aerate this wine or cellar it for a while and you will be rewarded. I would drink it from 2023 till 2028 with all plethora of grilled meats and hearty stews. 89 points for this $13 wine makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….