Monday, November 14, 2011

2008 CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon

Great aromas filled the glass--ripe black cherries with some chocolate overtones. There was a nice pleasant floral note, too. The nose on this wine is intriguing!

We tasted that same chocolatey ripe fruit that we smelled, and even a dusty basement and green pepper layer that lent to the wine's complexity. We felt there could be more depth of flavor, though it does well for a <$15 wine. Aside from this, it is a juicy delicious California cab that would crowd-please for sure!

We were surprised by this wine, being in a box and all. Winemakers have been exploring green alternatives to conventional methods for years. New leaps and bounds have been made with eco-friendly packaging, sustainable production, and organic growing techniques over the past couple of years, making for some notably quality wines. This Cabernet is a prime example of this. CalNaturale has succeeded in producing a quality wine along with the challenges of organic production and alternative packaging. Kudos to them! They've got our vote!

Body: Medium to Full
Approx. Cost: 500ml-$7 | 1L-$11 (750mL equiv - $8.25)
Food Pairing: Grilled steak, Cheese platter with cured meats


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