Cabernet sauvignon continues to be the second most popular variety sold in the U.S. behind chardonnay.
This offering from Wente — which is now in its fifth generation of family winemaking — is from the southern hills of the Livermore Valley, where Carl Wente started a winery in 1883.
A blend of cabernet sauvignon (77 percent), petit verdot (8 percent), malbec (8 percent) and petite sirah (7 percent), the grapes are fermented separately then blended and aged in a combination of oak and stainless steel.
Dark fruit flavors are followed by big tannins. Pair with red meats or pasta.
Sherry: “Stronger dry tannins with black cherry and clove on the finish.” (3 stars out of 5)
Chris: “A nose of dusty cocoa with flavors of plum and cherry with long tannins.” (3.5 stars out of 5)
Available from $14 to $17.
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