Sunday, January 06, 2008

Marlborough Man Wine?
"The Show", 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, California

bought this wine after seeing it was under $15 and a California wine from a Napa Valley incorporation (Rebel Wine Co.). How much of it is Napa? Not very much, supposedly just a pinch as the label designates a California Appellation, not any specific region such as Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, etc. This wine is likely left over or bulk juice not good enough for a better bottling and sold off to the “Three Thieves” that created Rebel Wine and slapped a clever label on the wine. I will give them that, the label is pretty cool. It would have to be as it from a very popular concert poster publisher (Hatch Show Print). 80% Cabernet, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 35 Petit Sirah, and 3% Petit Verdot.

The color was ruby and medium purple. At first you can tell from the nose the wine was overly oaked with dominating scents of smoke and wood. I was certain it was once I tasted it. It smelled like vanilla and later tasted like chocolate. It smelled and especially tasted out of balance with cedar and milk chocolate from the wood, green pepper and tobacco with additional smoky meat notes. Lisa said it tasted like mesquite beef jerky dipped in caramel. I felt it was more like a wood flavored ice cream pop dipped in milk chocolate.
I only write this blog entry to deter you from making the same mistake I did. This wine was totally out of balance and overly oaked.
Good talk.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tom - Seems like you must have had a compromised bottle of The Show. I want to send you another bottle so you can taste the true character of the wine. Email me your address to and will send it over. Fun blog keep up the good work! Mira


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