For this Wine Wednesday, I am cheating a bit on the $10 quest. I haven’t made it to the LCBO lately, so I decided to try a bottle that has been hanging out in my wine cellar (aka a wine box in the corner of my kitchen) for a while. This cab-sav has been tempting me, but costs $14 and has been languishing while I’ve been drinking its cheaper cousins.
Hailing from Napa, California, this bottle is from the somewhat commercial but usually tasty Beringer Vineyards. I just noticed on Wine Align that Beringer makes a $9.95 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for its California Collection, which I of course will need to add to my shopping list and compare as I dare.
I am a fan of cabernet sauvignons, as well as California reds, and this bottle does not disappoint. It’s very ripe and fruit-forward, almost a touch sweet. The oak is mellow and velvety in your mouth, with a very smooth and satisfying finish.
I paired this wine with beef stew and it stood up to the rich meatiness well. It’s so drinkable it would be a good party wine as well, since it is full bodied but not overpowering.
I have a depressing feeling that the reason this bottle is so good is because it costs $14….but never fear, I plan to taste its $10 brother and report back.
Overall, I give this wine a 9/10 for taste and 4/5 for value.