Menage a Trois Cabernet Sauvignon Review

Name: Menage a Trois Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2012
Price: $8.99

I’ve had this same wine in other years and it was just ok. But I saw it on sale and I know it’s widely distributed so I thought I’d give it another go. The name of the wine is a slam dunk from a marketing perspective and no doubt the reason for its success and wide distribution. I mean, if you’re having dinner with your girlfriend and her roommate, is there another wine one could serve that would be more appropriate?

The wine is ruby colored and fragrant, with scents of dark berries. The flavor is somewhat understated, dark berries again with a hint of spice and it’s somewhat tannic. Not super tannic but they definitely make themselves known. The tannins quickly give way to a medium finish. It’s an ok wine…again. I think you can do better for the price, the quality just isn’t on par with the name…which is second to none.

Bottle of Menage a Trois Cabernet Sauvignon

Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Review

Name: Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2012
Price: $10.99

This is a pleasant wine for sure. A dark ruby color, scents of blueberry and jam. The flavor is fruit-forward with berries and spice pelting the palate. Soft tannins and a medium finish round out the affair. This is a mouth-watering wine, one of the better Cupcake wines for certain. I drank it without accompaniment but it would pair well with pasta and meat sauce or some cheese raviolis.

 

Bottle of 2012 Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon

14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Review

Name: 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2012
Price: $9.99

This 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark ruby color and aromas of blueberries and currant. Herbal and spicy notes are present on the flavor with fruity notes and a bit of chocolate. It has a round, sumptuous flavor and a lengthy finish and a spicy accent. This is one of my favorite wines on the market right now. It’s very cheap for what you get and I buy it by the case as a kitchen wine and a last minute gift for informal gatherings. The bottle looks good and tastes great, I highly recommend it.

Source: The Bubbly Hostess

2007 Pico Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Pico
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2007
Producer: Zunio
Price: $10.99

This is another of the wines I ordered online with the Groupon. It’s a deep red color, almost purple. It has a nice aroma of blackberry and spice. The flavor isn’t up to par though. Some off flavors and tannins hit you almost immediately, simultaneously with the fruit really. There’s a little fruit at first but it’s an unbalanced wine, with harsh, tannic flavors dominating all the way through the finish. Not recommended.

2008 Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2008
Producer: Cupcake Vineyards
Price: $9.99

This is the third red wine I’ve tasted from this label and I’ve liked them all. This is the first one I’ve found time to review though. It has a nice deep color and a potent aroma of wood, spice and fruit. The flavor is dry, fruity and tannic. A bit more tannic than I generally like but the overall experience is pleasant. I’ve tried the Merlot and the Syrah as well, I recommend all the Cupcake reds.

 

Oak Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Oak Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2004
Producer: Oak Vineyards
Price: $4.00

Smells like moldy old fruit and tastes about the same. Has some off flavors, maybe tastes a little old in general. Next.

Avia Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Avia Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Chile
Year: 2005
Producer: Vinska Klet Goriska BRDA
Price: $4.00

Another Avia, this one is deep purple in color and has a woodsy aroma that is faintly sweet. The flavor is unbalanced, first not tasting like much then turning into a small blast of tannins, salami and oak. Not much complexity, short finish and the fruit flavors are dull and a bit sour. It’s not as bad as the Avia Merlot but it’s not enjoyable even at the price.

Crocodile Chase Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Crocodile Chase Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Australia
Year: 2002
Producer: World Wines Limited
Price: $5.00

Another of the many goofy-named Australian wines in the bargain bin, I decided to review only the red version at the store. The wine is 6 years old and nearly brick red in color so it’s probably near the end of its shelf life and that accounts for the low price. It smells and tastes of currant but it’s also thin and tangy, not at all characteristic of a Cab. There are many better options in cheap Australian reds.

Vino de Eyzaguirre

Name: Vino de Eyzaguirre

Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Chile
Year: 2001
Producer: Top Wine Chile S.A.
Price: $8.33

This wine comes in a burlap sack which I initially thought was a silly gimmick (but got me to buy it anyway), however, as I poured my first glass I saw the utility. Any drips running down the neck of the bottle never make it to the table. It smells rotten, like a compost heap. I’m almost afraid to taste it. Luckily it tastes normal, not fantastic, but normal. The flavor is just basic, some fruit then some mild tannins on the short finish. It is nicely rounded and not a bad wine by any means. I’d rather pay $6 or $7 for a wine like this but hey, it comes in a burlap sack.

Hardys Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Hardys Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Australia
Year: 2006
Producer: Thomas Hardy & Sons
Price: $5.00

Yet another in the stampede of cheap Australian wines that has invaded the country. This one is a deep purple with a nice aroma of leather and brown sugar. The fruit is a little tart and that’s pretty much all there is to the flavor. It’s just a basic fruit-forward Cab. It’s not that bad though, the good thing about the Australian invasion is that they know their way around cheap wine. I’ve rarely if ever had an Australian wine that was truly awful.