Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is the last Cabernet Sauvignon from California I’ll be doing for a while. I’ve enjoyed writing all these reviews as it reminds me that each wine is very different and should be approached individually without bias. I look forward to writing about some of my other favorites varieties and wines in the near future.

This wine is called Sledgehammer. This name implies something strong and powerful. After trying it I think it lives up to its name quite well.

I’ve added a new feature to my blog posts which I hope will help people to learn some of the terminology of wine tasting. If you hold your mouse over an italicized word like this acidity then a description will come up for what that word means.

See: This wine has a super strong colour in the glass, almost completely opaque violet red, right to the rim. Surprisingly it has thin legs when swirled in the glass. Proves that legs don’t mean something every time you examine them.

Smell: The aromas in this wine are intense and jammy, quite fruity with a mix of red and black berries, currants and sweet strawberry. Beyond this there is hints of smoke, spice, and herbal aromas like eucalyptus. Sounds like an odd combination but I think it balances out nicely.

Taste: Not surprisingly it is very full bodied with a rich thick texture (think cream instead of skim milk) but very refined tannin, not grippy like Cabernet Sauvignon is known to be. It is a bit on a sweeter side with the low acidity. Ripe fruit flavours of plum, cherry, and some oak influence with coconut and vanilla. It has a medium length finish that carries on the simple sweet fruity flavours with almost thing savoury except some cinnamon spice.

Conclusion: All around I think this wine is more fruity than savoury and simpler to drink that some California Cabernet Sauvignons we’ve tried. It is heavily extracted with lots of colour and fruit flavours. I would assume they used really ripe grapes because there definitely is some sweetness to the wine, though it doesn’t overpower or become cloying. Good all around, easy to drink, not much in terms of complexity, and for that I give it a 8.0/10. A simple drinkable wine well worth the price. Good for sitting around a campfire warming up or bringing to a party to share with others.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • USA, California
  • 2012 – 13.5%
  • Sledgehammer
  • $14.25 at Chateau Wine and Spirits (Lacombe)
  • Composite cork

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