If you have tasted with me before, you likely know I am not a fan of many ‘New World’ style cabernets. ‘In your face with a bat’ oak and tannins, is not a replacement for complexity, and I wish we’d stop confusing the average consumer’s palate thus.
I was pleasantly surprised by this sample of Reynoso’s newly released 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, especially for the $24 price point. I was also unaware that the vineyard fruit that produces this cabernet is also sold to well known, high end label Silver Oak for its own release. (The Reynoso’s only keep a small amount of their estate fruit.)
To the Eye: Deep violet, inky purple color
On the Nose: Black fruit, vanilla, currant, and a hint of bell pepper, leather
In The Mouth: Plush, rich, full, approachable. Plum, black fruit, cocoa/chocolate.) Tannins present but balanced and elegant. I was pleased the alcohol was a moderate 14%, and moderate use of oak, 35% new French oak.
Pairing: A variety of meats as one expects with Cabernet. I envision a fillet. I generally think of cabernet as a food only wine, but could see myself sipping on this solo on the couch with a fire and a book at the end of the day.
I also spotted on their Facebook page a post saying shipping was included with a case purchase, if you used code “facebook fan.” Not sure when expires, but give it a try.
Recommendation: If you are a Cabernet fan, this is an excellent value for the quality, in a world of California $50-$100+ for cabernet. I found myself pouring a second glass after the review.