365 Paul Valmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Here is another of the Whole Foods private label selections.  Like the Paul Valmer Chardonnay, this wine is made in Spain by Felix Solis.

Winemaker:  Felix Solis for Whole Foods
Wine: 365 Paul Valmer Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2011
Appellation: Castilla, Spain
Price: $5.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  This is not a Cabernet Sauvignon for Cab fans, but perhaps one for Pinot Noir lovers.  Seriously.  In the glass, the color was a deep, dark ruby.  On the nose I detected gentle scents of earth and berries.  In fact, the bouquet reminded me of a drink mix I had years ago when I was living in Germany.  The particular flavor (scent, actually) this brought to mind was called Forest Berry (Waldbeere).  But I digress.  The Paul Valmer Cab was light-bodied.  I’d even call it thin.  It had moderate tannins, decent acidity, and the alcohol was at 12.5%.  The flavors I found in this budget-friendly vino were a core of cherry and plum, some oak, a tiny bit of pepper, a touch of cranberry on the finish, and an herbal component I can best compare with Stevia – in part because of the light sweetness of the wine.  I didn’t dislike this 365 selection at all, but I prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon with more body and structure.  Personal preferences aside, I think you could certainly drink this with a turkey dish or a light pizza (like spinach and chicken or ham and banana peppers).

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

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5 thoughts on “365 Paul Valmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    • Well, if you insist! lol Actually, I seem to remember recently reading post after post about some crazy cyclist trekking around Europe sampling wines at the wineries. If I had a choice, I might prefer that to trekking to my local Whole Foods. I like Whole Foods, of course. But the experiences are miles apart (literally).

  1. I just visited Whole Foods for the first time (in UK) and was blown away by the drinks selection including the wine. Will seek this wine out on next visit.

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