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.

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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Altas Cumbres Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Altas Cumbres Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Argentina
Year: 2003
Producer: Lagarde
Price: $8.00

This wine had a sale tag on it that said 2 for $16 or $6.99 a bottle. I’m not sure what I actually paid, but I hope I didn’t get the “discount.” It has a strong aroma of berries. The flavor is just plain weird, like someone took a handful of salt and baking soda and threw it into the vat. I won’t go on and on here, I’ll just recommend you look for something else.

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