Artisan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

What do you do when the weather turns fierce, and you’re stuck indoors for two-and-a-half days?

A couple of weeks ago, my area was blessed with 30 inches of snow.  Not an event that occurs frequently in my town, it brought things to a screeching halt.  Everything, I mean everything shut down.  I’ll give the meteorologists their kudos, we were forewarned.  So I put together a plan to wile away the hours by watching movies on my bucket list and enjoying some wine along with them.  I’m happy to say that is precisely what I did!  I ended up watching 5 movies and binge-watching a couple of TV shows to boot.  As for the wines, I started with a California Cabernet from Artisan Winery on the evening the storm arrived.

Winemaker:  Artisan
Wine:  Vintner’s Guild Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $12.99

Notes:  This was a dark Cab with scents of earth, pepper, currant and cedar.  It was medium-bodied with good acidity and fairly light tannins for the varietal.  Alcohol was at 13.9%.  It was a very flavorful wine.  I’d call it “fruit forward” with flavors of dark berries along with notes of cedar, pepper, tobacco, and a hint of dry herbs.  It also came across a little sweeter than it’s 13.9% alcohol would suggest.  The finish was nice and long for a wine in this price range.  I liked it.  Made a nice wine to enjoy on it’s own, but I’m sure it will pair nicely with a variety of dishes.

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