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.

337 Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: 337 Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2005
Origin: U.S. – California
Producer: 337 Wine Cellars
Price: $12.99

Rich aroma of blueberries and black licorice, smells really meaty. Big flavor as well that has some fruit but is mostly dominated by a hearty dose of tannins. This is a big, bold Cab that would go well with a filet mignon drenched in butter. My cholesterol is too high for such an indulgence, but that’s the meal for which this wine was created.

Cape Cab

Name: Cape Cab
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: South Africa
Year: 2005
Producer: H. S. Cape Winery
Price: $11.99

Nice color, nice aroma of berries and salted meat. The flavor is of tart berries and has very subtle tannins with a relatively quick finish. This isn’t a particularly interesting cab but it is very likable. At nearly $12 a bottle I think it’s a little pricey but maybe you can buy a case of it and get a discount.

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Robert Mondavi
Price: $9.99

Smells like some mixture of cheap red wine and berries. The bottle and label look ritzy, deceptively so, I think. The flavor starts out ok, it does have some blackberry and spice flavors as the label promises. There are a lot of off notes as well though. The one that puts me off is a tart, almost citrusy flavor that dominates the more it sits in your mouth and through the finish. I don’t have anything against citrus but a Cab shouldn’t taste like that.

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Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Tisdale Vineyards
Price: $4.00

I’ve noticed from looking at my web site analytics that people really seem to look for Tisdale reviews, I suppose because it’s so widely available. So, I found three types of Tisdale that I hadn’t yet reviewed and bought them all on a 3 for $12 deal. This is the first of them. The aroma smells like fruit and alcohol with a tiny hint of bubble gum. The flavor is very smooth, all blackberries and a touch of tannins on the finish. It’s sweeter than most Cabs I’ve had which is typical of a cheap mass market wine. The bottle claims more complexity than is really there and an “impressive finish” which is quite a stretch. This Tisdale tastes like something I’d expect to get from a boxed wine in terms of character and quality. It tastes good it just lacks personality and doesn’t taste much like a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Dancing Bull Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Dancing Bull Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2003
Producer: Rancho Zabaco Winery
Price: $7.99

Smells of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The flavor starts smooth and fruity and for most of the journey it is very good. Just before the medium finish there is a distinctly tart flavor that diminishes the whole experience but it’s still not bad for an $8 Cab.

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Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Australia
Year: 2005
Producer: Wolf Blass
Price: $9.99

Smells nice, potent aroma of berries and a hint of leather. The flavor is smooth and pleasant
but kind of a one trick pony. It’s all berries with a touch of spice and tanginess on the
short-ish finish. A very likable wine though I’d like a little complexity at this price.

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Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: U.S. – Washington
Year: 2005
Producer: The Magnificent Wine Co.
Price: $10.00

Another bottle from the bargain bin at Home Goods, this one was marked down from $12.99. The label looks like something I could have done in MS Word but it catches the eye just the same. It has a rich, potent aroma of leather, fruit and salted meat. It is dry and smooth as it meets your tongue but shows flavors of dark fruit and some soft tannins as they get acquainted. Not a bad Cab for ten smackers.

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Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: South Africa
Year: 2005
Producer: Excelsior
Price: $7.99

Pretty cool looking bottle. Between the name and the look of the bottle, you’d think I actually paid more than $10 for it…but you’d be wrong! The color is a very deep purple and the aroma is smoked ham and a little dark chocolate. This was a pretty good wine right up to the point where I put it in my mouth. It isn’t awful wine, just a style of Cab that I don’t care for. It has a very smoky flavor, almost burnt, and very pronounced tannins. Not my favorite, I’ll finish the bottle though.

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