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.

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.

Bella Sera Rosso

Name: Bella Sera Rosso
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Italy
Year: 2005
Producer: Villalta
Price: $5.00

I wasn’t crazy about the Bella Sera Merlot but I had already purchased the Rosso (red table wine) so here goes nothing. It has a thin red color and an aroma of berries and grilled meat. The flavor is sweet and fruit forward with a little kick of tartness at the end. It is a little thin, lacking complexity, but it’s generally likable. It’s a serviceable Italian table wine and for the low price it’s an ok value.

Bella Sera Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Bella Sera Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Italy
Year: 2005
Producer: Villalta
Price: $5.99

I haven’t been loving the Bella Sera wines so far but I think this is the last of the ones I bought. This one smells like berries and seared beef. Consistent with my other Bella Sera experiences, it’s not very tasty. At first it seems like it doesn’t taste like much, a little fruity. Not thin but not a lot going on. Then as it sits on the palate and especially on the finish, you get some tacky, sour flavors. Even at six bucks it isn’t a great value.

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.