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