What we’re drinking now…


Occasionally, there’s a wine or two or three that is consumed off the air or are sooooo bad that words alone cannot shame them. In this edition, we look at a few Cabernet Sauvignon that have come to our attention. So to that we present what we’re drinking now…

2014 Kunde Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon – $21.99

This wine is a solid offering with nice plum, black cherry, and chocolate notes on the palate. The finish is mid length with slightly chucky tannins and a slight whiff of oak. This wine begs for an hour + decant to open but won’t wow you with raciness or fruit like similar offerings from Washington or Paso Robles will do (Justin, Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells). What it will do is give you an example of the minimum quality you should expect from a Cabernet from Sonoma County. I suppose that won’t make it on many shelf talkers. TWV – 86

2013 MontGras Antu (Chile) Cabernet Sauvignon – $13.99

While the nose is restrained and emulates a French red, the palate is all fruit with plum, red currant, and dark cherry notes that has a wonderful mid palate of dry herbs and cigar box. The finish complements the wine with round tannins and a lingering spicy note from the oak. This is a lovely wine that provides some exposure to high end characteristics that are buoyed by a very easy drinking style. TWV – 90

“The Burn” Borne of Fire Columbia Valley Cabernet – $19.99

This Chateau Ste. Michelle product has been the toast of the town after receiving a 96 review from a wine “expert” that shall remain nameless. Anyway, with that backdrop we independently put this wine to the test. The nose brings about notes of cassis, blackberry, and menthol. On the palate the wine is overtly fruity, with sweet blackberry and cassis that are followed by chocolate on the mid palate. The finish is of average length, with nice tannin and spice from the Hungarian oak. While this wine is good, we saw it as a carbon (lesser) copy of the offerings of Intrinsic, and inferior to Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Indian Wells Cabernet. Perhaps we’re just not fans of the style, however, it just shows no passion or intensity. It’s yet another wine that checks all the boxes but makes no effort to distinguish itself. TWV – 87 points

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