The red wine portion of the 25th Virtual Wine Tasting was focussed on oak and it’s influence on wine. I purchased this Cab Sav that the winemaker ages is used barrels as a baseline. The single varietal coupled with old oak would give us a starting point to build from. Here is what the group had to say:
Deep garnet with a touch of bricking on this 10 year old wine that was showing fine legs in the glass. The nose had very obvious aromas of cherry Coke/Pepsi. Black cherry, black raspberry, dark chocolate, leather, smoky, woodsy spice and bramble. On the palate this wine was smooth with medium (-) acidity, medium body, very fine and well-integrated tannins with a decently long finish. On the palate we got black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, bramble, leather and what can only be described as ‘BandAid’ by one of the group. I scored this wine 15 marks, and then later upped it to 17 once it had had a chance to breathe. No further reports of that plastic component! 91 points for this very svelte $35 bottle gets it 4 stars in my book. I would drink this wine all by itself- it’s at peak now. Salut….