Cocobon Red Blend 2012

Here’s a question for you: What does Cocobon mean?  Is it an invented name or does it pertain to something in the real world … someone’s family name, a town, a geographical feature, perhaps a cultural allusion of some sort?  I will say that the graphics on the wine’s label reminded me a bit of the leaves and fruit on a cocoa plant.  Is that where the name stems from –  good cocoa?  Well, I suppose knowing what inspired the name isn’t exactly critical.  Is it enjoyable to drink?  That’s the important question.  But if you do know the origin of this label’s name, please drop a comment and enlighten me.

Winemaker:  Cocobon Vineyards
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $9.99

Notes:  The color of this Cocobon Red Blend, another of The Wine Group’s many labels, was a dark cherry red.  On the nose I caught whiffs of barnyard and berries.  The acidity was good and tannins were modest on this light-bodied blend.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  Flavors I detected included cherry, lots of cedar, cola syrup, and a touch of spice.  Once it breathed, the cedar subsided somewhat and made way for the addition of what I thought was a plummy flavor.  It finished on a green herbal note.  I liked this inexpensive blend just fine.

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