This is a straight-shooting Cab, solid in its rendition of the red plum-oak-earth profile. Has sweet fruit, pepper and a helping of dust on the nose, and a woodsy feel on the back end. Imported by Pernod Ricard.
A pleasant surprise, this bargain-priced offering shows much greater-than-expected varietal character. Starting from its aromas of eucalyptus, cassis and vanilla, extending through its slightly leafy cassis flavors and persisting through its firm, reserved structure, it’s a typical Cab at a great price.
This medium-bodied Cabernet is becoming a perennial Best Buy. Soft, dusty tannins frame ripe cassis and dried herb flavors. There’s a slight hint of raisining or cooked fruit, but only a hint—overall, it’s a solid effort at a great price.
This full-bodied Cab has loads of grape and blackberry in the mouth, with just a shade of vanilla bean flavor. The bouquet is an odd but appealing mix of whipping cream, anise, stewed fruit and Chiclets gum. Finishes slightly hot and supertangy.
The nose begins a bit wet and dirty, but some of that funk blows off, leaving the scent of wintergreen and dried cherries. The mouthfeel is bulky, while the flavors are mostly driven by sweet cherry. The finish is woody, and slightly vegetal.
This light- to medium-weight wine features a bouquet of berry and earth aromas and mature Cabernet flavors. The wood doesn’t overwhelm, but the mouthfeel is slightly prickly and astringent, and the fruit doesn’t really sing. Closes with mild tobacco notes.