Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon

I’ve been seeing this label in the stores for awhile, but hadn’t had any of their wines till now.  Funny thing: I tasted this the same evening as another red varietal (post to come soon), and the similarities in style were so striking I thought I was tasting fraternal twins.  I mean fraternal twin wines, of course.  You know, similar but not identical.  Anyway, here’s my takeaway from this one.

Winemaker:  Naked Grape
Wine:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  California
Price: $8.29

Notes:  This little number was surprisingly light for a Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you had told me I was drinking a blended red with no Cabernet Sauvignon, I might have believed you.  In the glass it was a clear rich red color.  The bouquet had plenty of earthiness – even dirt – red currant, and whispers of brown spice.  On the palate I found an unexpected juxtaposition of bright cherry with dark currant along with hints of pepper, a menthol kick on the end and notes of sweet cinnamon here and there.  The wine is light-bodied with almost no tannins.  Alcohol is 13%, and acidity is OK.  It’s pleasant enough and inexpensive enough to pair with the delivery pizza you order when you just don’t feel like cooking or that quick bowl of left-over pasta you heat up after a long day at work.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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