One should expect this to be from Sonoma County. Sebastopol is listed as the town of origin, located in the heart of Sonoma County.
This 14.2% alcohol wine opens up immediately when it hits the glass. It offers adequate, food friendly acidity. Its tannins are not overtly pronounced, or intrusive. Together, this combination makes this Cabernet an easy drinking wine, with adequate structure to keep around for a few years. However, for me it is a pop the cork today, and easily match this wine to red sauces and charred red meat off the BBQ. For my taste preferences, I was pleased that there is very little intrusion of oak, by aroma, or on the palate. The lack of oak should be expected, given this wines retail price point, hoping for $24, its age as a 2013 wine, and my understanding that it couldn’t have been spending much time on oak, given it has already been in the market for roughly a year..
This wine won’t require that you do a lot of contemplation to enjoy it. You won’t need to do cartwheels pleasing the wine buffs by describing what you suspect is hiding underneath its layers. Sure, there is some complexity, but it’s hardly worth the bother trying to make this wine into more than a reasonably priced, any evening quaffer. It performs this task quite well for the money. It reminds me of some of the Cabernet wines I’ve tried from the Santa Barbara area, not a Blackjack Harmonie, but similar flavour with lighter, medium body.
I recommend this because it’s clearly and quite deliciously Cabernet. I recommend it because even on day two, it tastes pretty darn good. Its flavor hits you with a bit of red fruited acidity, it shows some depth, weight, and concentration on the mid palate, then I found there is a bit of blueberry that lingers through and onto the finish.