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Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 1.46.49 PMWhen playing in golf tournaments for charity many times there are door prizes or giveaways. We play in a lot of tournaments for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which allows sick kids and their parents to have a little home away from home near the hospital. I was invited to play in the one that supports the Richmond house and it was a great time.

They were giving away Cupcake Pinot Grigrio or this 2012 Unparalled Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. I was a little worried how this wine would taste since it was paired next to the Cupcake wine. A quick Google search brought me to their tasting notes from their website and it is actually 100% Cabernet Sauvignon their new vintage is a blend. Here is the tasting notes and production notes from their website:

Production Technique: Our Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is the finest expression of this popular varietal. The rolling hills of the Central Coast provides exactly soil drainage and consistently dry summers create the perfect growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged in oak casks for 14 months prior to bottling.

Characteristics: Color: Deep Red. Bouquet: Blackberry, cherry. Taste: Fruit-forward. Alcohol Content: 13.5% Total Acidity: 5.7 g/l

Ideal with short ribs.

Right now it seems to be retailing at $15.99 pretty decent considering it was a giveaway. So how was it?

Color – Dark garnet red.

Nose – Smoked meat that pretty much over powers the fruit.

Taste – Smoked meat again with a little bit of blackberry.

Finish – Long with medium acid and big bold tannins.

Overall, for a free bottle of wine it is pretty good. For a $15.99 wine it was okay. It was really surprising to me the smoked meat like flavors, especially now that I know they list it as a fruit-forward wine. I haven’t had a wine taste and smell that much like smoked meats since the Hansen Cellars Pinot Noir.

Rating: B

~Justin