Medium ruby colored with thin, speedy legs in the glass (13.5% ABV). The nose of this blend shouts Zinfandel before I get Cabernet Sauvignon. Interesting as the mix favors Cab by 60/40. Ripe black plum with black cherry, bramble, smoke, coffee and crushed stone. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium (+) tannins. Full bodied, this wine coats my mouth with dark, very ripe fruit and some interesting smoky, resinous notes. Minerality is slight but there is a definite earthiness to this big wine. The finish is medium in length and I get really nice black berry notes with some cocoa. The tannins slide away nicely leaving ripe fruit. I like it for what it is- an atypical blend of non-vintage wine that runs $25- probably one of my favorite wines from Cooper’s Hawk. It gets 90 points from me and 5 stars. Hard to give a drink-by window for an NV wine, but it’s ready to go now and will cellar for a year or three. I’m pairing with burgers on the grill, but some stews or smoked meats would also do the trick. (My guess is California Zinfandel with a mix of Cab from Washington and Cali) Salut….
Cooper’s Hawk Cab/Zin NV, America
06 Monday Feb 2023