Marcus James Cabernet Sauvignon

Marcus James Cabernet SauvignonMarcus James Cabernet Sauvignon

2006. Mendoza, Argentina $4.25 for 750 ml
(Red Wine)

I’ve had the Marcus James Cabernet Sauvignon before and thought it was a good deal. A gal would be hard pressed to find a better tasting wine for the price. Plus, it’s fun to drink something from Argentina.

“Inexpensive is great,” you may say, “but what about the taste?”

Yes, well, this is where I get a bit confused. I truly remember this wine being pretty tasty on another occasion. And this time, I still thought it had a nice flavor with a good balance of tannins and acidity. But I also found it had a disagreeable sweet/sour twang to it that I suspect is acetic acid. This flavor really distracted me from the other more pleasing layers to a point where I did not enjoy it on its own.

Now, I hate dismissing inexpensive wine so easily. It seems downright undemocratic. So, I tried it again the next day, thinking maybe the flavors would be different now that the bottle had been opened and recorked. While a sip confirmed that the acetic acid flavor was still there, to my surprise, I found that the unpleasant flavor more or less disappeared when I sipped it along with my dinner. In its place was a full, blackcurrant flavor with a pleasant bite of acidity-but not of the acetic acid variety. See? The sacrifices I make to give a thorough and fair review sometimes pay off!

Bottom line? While it wouldn’t be listed as one of my favorites, for the price, it’s definitely worth a try. And if you do decide to try it, make sure you’ve got some rich food to go along with it.

3 Responses to “Marcus James Cabernet Sauvignon”

  • Hi Jesse,

    Your site is looking great. I told folks about it on the wine discussion group at craigslist, and several folks have had really nice things to say about it.

    Keep up the good work.

    Oh, and I really like the Marcus James Cab. They also have a pretty decent Merlot. I’m having a glass of it right now as I type this as a matter of fact.

    You absolutely cannot beat the price to value ratio with MJ wines!

    Very anti-wine-snob if you ask me 🙂



  • If I drank wine, I would definitely consider your opinion top priority. (You seem like a very intelligent while money-conscious wine tester…right on!) But I’m not sure if my brother-in-law would approve, me being in my condition and all.

  • I’m an occasional wine drinker and have had some higher priced bottles. I always come back to the Marcus James Merlot and Cabernet for parties and such. I pay about $7 for the 1.5L, but we can get Barefoot for $11-13.

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