I’m stoked to try a true value play. No bones about it, this $9-$10 (7.98 from our friends at Wine Library) bottle of Cab could turn my wine world on it’s ear if it lives up to the 89pt rating it recieved from critic David Schildknecht, of the Wine Advocate. A Cab at this price of any real quality is very hard to come by, most are very fake tasting or extremely unbalanced, especially when it comes to oak integration. Let’s see what we get with this bottle from Languedoc.
Pop and pour and this wine is a dark purple and the after an initial tilt-and-swirl the nose takes center stage. I find the nose to be worth the price of admission. Very complex offering red fruit, cocoa, and a herbaceous/cologne thing going on. I catch a blending of old school Polo cologne (you know the green bottle kind) and rosemary. This is cool for me and gives hope to this tasting session.
Time for a pass over the palate. On the attack the tannins grab hold and introduce the acid and alcohol but the mid-palate and finish are astonishing. Fresh red fruits sprinkled with black pepper and cedar comes to mind. Much more complex then I expected. The oak is present but it definitely plays a background role. The finish is long and expressive.
This is “real” wine at this price point. It feels a little young. Do I think it has 5 years in the bottle? No. But I feel 6 months from now this will be a very well balanced and polished wine. What wrinkles there are will definitely be smoothed out. The structure just feels setup to do a little more. If you like your wines a little on the lean side, this is for you. If you are looking for a inexpensive Cab this is for you. Bring it to a blind tasting and see what people say. I bet $17-$20 comes out of their mouths. I would drink this again and right now I feel like this would be great with a Ribeye cheesesteak. Good QPR and IMHO 89pts is on the money. Break out of the ho-hum usual suspects and give this a try.