Cupcake Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - 86pts

Cupcake Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast) California - USA

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores
Cost: $14.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 80,000 cases
Date Tasted: March 25th, 2011

Tasting Notes: This easy-drinking wine from Californian winery Cupcake Vineyards may come across as a bit over-marketed in its presentation and forced association with everyone's favourite handheld frosted dessert. However, upon closer inspection you'll find a pretty tasty, fruit-forward, mild-tannin Cabernet Sauvignon with loads of extracted berry jam character. The medium-intense nose is, perhaps, a bit more serious than the palate offering dark berry, cherry, anise, warm earth and spice aromas with a touch of toasted oak floating in the background.

The palate is dry, but the heavy extraction leaves a formidable perception of sweetness which may prove too much for many and just right for some - especially when paired with food. The finish is a bit tart which the ample cassis, cherry and spice flavours almost nullify. This blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah and 3% Merlot is a good value option for when you want to purchase the taste of California sunshine but don't want to shell-out for the J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy this wine in its youth. Drink 2011-2012.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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