Having read a bit about California wines in my Wine Bible I thought I’d try out a few Cabernet Sauvignons from the region. This one is from Paso Robles in the Central Coast wine region, north a couple hours from Los Angelos. Being so far south in California the grapes had until late November to ripen, something a lot of wineries could only dream of. With interesting aromas, pleasant taste, and lingering finish I found it to be quite pleasant and well worth trying out.
See: Dark red colour but almost maroon too. Very dense with thick legs.
Smell: Smells very fruity with aromas of blackberry, plum, more subtle currants, but also some smoke, spice (smoked paprika), ground pepper. The longer I smelled it the more layers of aroma I could pick out. Was kind of sweet aromas but not jammy.
Taste: Medium to full bodied but I didn’t find it thick like some very ripe Cabernet Sauvignons or Zindandels can be. It had fine gritty tannins and moderate acidity. All around the texture was smooth and decently balanced, no one element overpowered the others. Tasted like plums and currants, but also some sweet vanilla, and less spiciness than it smelled like. As I said before the flavour lingered long and had some sweet caramel, charred wood, leather, and cocoa or dark chocolate. Very pleasant.
Conclusion: This wine is well worth trying out as it is quite genuine to Cabernet Sauvignon norms and a good price at that. I give it a 9.0/10, very drinkable and worth seeking out to try. I’d like to try some of the other estate wines as well if I can find them.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- USA, California, Central Coast AVA, Paso Robles
- 2012 – 13.9%
- Bridlewood Estate Winery
- $21.00 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer
- Composite Cork
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