Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Clearly, I’m on a red trend of late.  Can’t help it.  It’s been chilly and snowy, and there’s nothing like a nice glass of red wine to warm my bones.  Well, if I had a fireplace, that might edge out the wine.  Of course, a nice glass of red wine in front of a roaring fire … now that would be awesome.  Alas, I don’t have a fireplace, so I’ll just have to make do with a glass or two of this.

Winemaker:  Fetzer
Wine:  Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  California
Price:  $7.99

Notes:  The color of this Fetzer Cab was a pretty dark ruby.  On the nose I caught whiffs of oak, soil, and dark currant.  Body was medium, acidity was good, and alcohol was at 13.5%.  Tannins were on the lighter side of medium.  Flavors I tasted included black currant, spearmint, and a slight hint of olive.  A nice cherry developed with some oxidation.  It also had a satisfyingly present tannic bite for a Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range.  Rightly or wrongly, I have personally never been a big Fetzer fan.  So I was pleasantly surprised.  Oh, it isn’t one of those big, bold, collectable Cabs that get 90+ scores from all the experts.  Nope, not even close.  For the money, though, it really was pretty decent.

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