Wines At Our Table; Week of March 8, 2015; 3/2/2015-3/9/2015: Opaque very dark ruby color, and medium-bodied this wine offers baked black and red fruit, dark chocolate, spice and subtle cedar wood aromas. On the palate it shows a supple texture with chalky well integrated tannins and blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, dark chocolate and a kiss of cassis flavors. 13.9% alcohol. Spends 18 months in 225-liter American oak barrels.
Holy blackberry batman but I have to say this was rather enjoyable. Far from complex but for a shot of alcoholic blackberries this is good. Not sure why this 2nd 375 is better than the first other than bottle variation, etc.
was somewhat disappointed. flat and shallow, not nearly as good as previous years I've had that caused me to by this one. cork was fine, but perhaps somewhere along the shipping chain wasn't optimal temperatures or something
At first, we thought this tasted more like a bold Merlot blended with something else, but evolved into a pretty good Cab. Ready to drink now. Rather robust, more than what we expected from Paso Robles for $20. Short term aging 6-18 mos would improve this wine, or decant for better tasting experience.
Very juicy, with bright, lively acidity...reminiscent of a good Zinfandel. Medium bodied, easy tannins, very good wine, would have scored a 90 if more tannic structure was evident. Still, it was very enjoyable.
Used to be one of my favorite QPR Cabs, but disappointed in this one. Not much on the nose or the palette, never seemed to open up over the course of the night, and probably deteriorated some. Gives me pause to consider how things are changing under new ownership.
Dark, opaque ruby/purple appearance. Jammy, ripe, fruity aromas of black and blue fruit, cassis, vanilla, and chocolate. Full bodied, open-knit, and smooth on the palate. Black fruit, dark chocolate, oak, and minerally notes throughout. Not a lot of complexity but it is gratifying in and of itself. A wine that's enjoyable to drink rather than ponder.
Very tart and some tannins on the back end. Had with filet, shrimp, potatoes, and broccoli salad. I have 2 more bottles - hope this better integrates over time, but not counting on it. Better $20 cabs out there. FAIR.
Straightforwardly delicious - lots of red berries and acidity, well balanced by wood and alcohol. Big but not too much, tasty and delicious. Not a ton of complexity and I don't expect it to be vastly different with time. Wine for drinking - and ready young.
PnP, no need to decant. Wonderful fruity nose makes an immediate impression. Very smooth and round on the palate with mixed dark berries. Not overly complex, but it is delicious and varietally correct. Pleased everyone at the table and paired well with our steaks.
Tasted non blind with dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about an hour.
Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of berries and cherries that carries straight through to the palate. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over then next handful of years. I don't see this as a long lived wine.
My opinion is it needs a couple years and then a long decant. There's a lot of lovely fruit and a lot of acidity at the front; that tells me it could use some time. I only bought the one bottle but I think I might cellar a couple and see what develops. My score is an 89, with potential to improve.
Justin "regular" cab is hit or miss. Some years it is really good and others not so much. I bought one bottle of the 2010 to determine if I wanted to get more. NOPE Fruit was backward and thin as were the tannins. Definitely not one of the best bottles or vintages they make.
Excellent everday drinker. I absolutely love this wine. Cheap Cali cab that offers a great wine at a decent price. Not overly complex but well rounded and very smooth. Upon opening had red lush fruit on the nose and light red fruit, cranberry and some tannins on the pallet. The wine quickly settled down and some oak, leather, and darker fruit came out. Finish lasts 20+ seconds. Very nice. One of my go to wines from Cali at a very good price point. Drinks well young - not sure how long it will last. Perhaps 5+ years.
A lot to like here for the price. This wine is varietally correct, with a bit of herbaceous character, mild acidity, and supple tannins. It is light to medium in color, concentration, and body. However, what makes this much better than most $10-20 cabs is that it is very nicely balanced. You don't get hit with oak or alcohol, and it drinks very smoothly for such a young wine. Not a lot of complexity but great as a wine to drink now if you are looking for such a wine while higher-end cabs cellar for several years (which is the case for me). Paired well with a slow-cooked beef shank in mushroom sauce.
For a few $ more I think the 2009 Waterstone cab has considerably more complexity, but it also could use a couple of years to smooth out. This one is less interesting overall but easier to drink now--really goes down smoothly. A good value at the $20 I paid but it would be killer for closer to $15 (and sells online at a few places for around $16). I don't think this will last to 2021 as the CT drinking window suggests. I think this is one to drink over the next couple of years -- it does not have a lot of structure.
This is the kind of wine that most of California, in my humble opinion, should strive to make. Robust, red, and exuberantly fruity, yes, but with a balancing leavening of herbality. Even served with a tomato sauce, I didn't find this cabernet sauvignon hot or jammy. Very Good+.
Dark ruby color that quickly fades along the sides. It has a bold, robust, lifted, slightly medicinal notes (but disappears after an hour of breathing) of dark cherry, cola, and smoked oak. The palate has a full-bodied, creamy and velvety texture flying on high octane and bright acidity. Dark cherry, kirsch, plum, cola, mocha and vanilla comprise the core with hints of rosemary and thyme. Everything comes together on the long, buttery finish. Delicious! Drink now until 2018.
This opaque ruby wine was Vinturi-decanted and serially tasted over the ensuing 2-3 hours. The nose shows moderately intense aromas of ripe plums, prunes, chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied but somewhat flabby on the palate, with medium sweet tannins and mildly hot alcohol (listed as 13.9%). The flavors are over-ripe, with pruney/raisiny overtones. The middle palate is solid, while the medium-length finish ends with a whiff of heat. This wine is over-the-top for my palate, lacking any degree of structure or elegance. That said, it is a wine which will not necessarily be unpopular with those who enjoy "fruit bombs." Drink now-12/15.
Disappointing. Having enjoyed previous vintages of the entry level Justin, had high hopes for this. Sadly everything after the nose on this cab, leaves you wishing you were drinking something more interesting. Front end falls short with weak dark fruit notes. Mid to back it doesn't develop much more. There is a chance that this could improve with age (hint of good spice/acids, intense dark color, weighted like a big more expensive Cab), so don't want to write this off completely, but won't be rushing out to retry this for a long time.
On the nose I get black currant and cedar. On the palate more black currant, some chocolate and vanilla. Medium/full bodied with a nice texture and medium length finish. The only reason it isn't 90+ is that the vanilla is a little too pronounced on the palate for my taste.
This wine is solid. Great purity of fruit; clean and correct flavors of black fruit on the palate with an excellent finish. Oak is very well integrated, as are the tannins and this was a pleasure to drink. Excellent wine.
Enjoyed with dinner at a local restaurant. No formal notes taken other than loads of acid and loads of fruit balancing each other out. Enough oak treatment to add secondary flavors. Well integrated tanins. Very nice effort. Well worth the going rate of $17-$18. $50 in restaurant was steep, though.
13.9% alcohol. Concur with many of the previous tasting notes: This is a plush, polished, and accessible effort with smooth tannins, a largely fruit forward/driven personality, and profile of currant, wild berry, plum, and cedar/oak.
Red and black cherry on the nose with currant and light notes of blackberry. Bright fruit on the palate with hints of licorice and cedar. Smooth and rounded tannins with long cherry flavors. Touch of minerality. Nice acid to tannin balance. Good flavor.
A consistent QPR for an accessible young drinking CA cab that I have always been able to get locally for <$20 with coupons. This one fits the mold very well. Mostly plum and blackberry fruit with ample tannin and acidity for balance, yet is still smooth and almost silky at this young stage. Just needs a little air and a warmup and you have a nice soft, fun, fruit forward wine that pushes all the right buttons for a crowd pleasing style.