David Stone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

David Stone Vineyards Cabernet SauvignonDavid Stone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Modesto, California, $5.50 for 750ml, 12% Alc.
Red Wine

I would have never have guessed that this is a Cabernet Sauvignon.  Ever.  After trying it and then re-trying it, I checked the label just to make sure that I was not seeing things.  Nope.  It most definitely identified itself as a Cab.  How curious….

David Stone’s Cabernet Sauvignon is not what one might expect out of a Cabernet Sauvignon.  For starters, it is slightly sweet — not like a dessert wine, but rather like some Spanish or German reds I’ve tasted before.  Secondly, it is very low in tannins, which is really one of the more defining characteristics of most Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve ever had in the past.  Thirdly, to me at least, it simply does not taste like a Cabernet Sauvignon — it is just too mild, too sweet and, for lack of a better descriptor, too round.

In fact, the alcohol content and modest level of acidity (very modest, mind you) are the only things holding it together, convincing me that I have not just ingested some strange concoction of plain ol’ grape juice.  Not that I found it unpleasant; rather, just unexpected and slightly baffling.

Bottom line: If you are in the mood for a Cabernet Sauvignon, then you will probably be disappointed by David Stone Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you simply like to try new wine and are looking for something affordable, mild and red, then you might have stumbled onto a bargain!

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52 Responses to “David Stone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon”


  • I bought it at Walgreens. I love it! I would like a case a month delivered to my doorstep.

    It’s a new genre’…screw the snoots. It’s simple and tasty.

    TK

  • please advise if your wine is listed and sold in Ontario Canada.

    *****

    Hi Gary,

    Anti Wine Snob does not sell wine. It only reviews it. Are there any readers here who can tell Gary where this may be found in Ontario?

    AWS

  • Please let me know where to find additional info on your Shiriz collection. I think that your wines are wonderful. So very, inexpensive, yet so smooth and the shiraz is wonderful with Italian foods, cheeses and much, much more. Most people that I have turned on to your wines cannot believe that I purchase them from Walgreens…..
    How fun is that?????
    Thanks and keep up the good work. I will keep purchasing….

  • The David Stone Label is exclusive to Walgreens. It is bottle by Gallo. It is a very good value. I really enjoyed the Syrah.

  • what states can I buy this wine. Son far I have only found it in
    Florid. Great Taste

    ****

    Hi Karen,

    I believe I found the David Stone while visiting in Missouri. I’m not sure where else it may be for sale.

    AWS

  • Found at Walgreens and have tried the Merlot, Cab, Chard and Shiraz and all have been as good as higher priced wines I have tried. I was extremely surprised at how good they really were considering the low cost! Yea Rah David Stone!

  • I’m David Stone. No, not that David Stone. I bought it for the obvious reason and was quite pleased. I don’t loan my name to just any product!!!

  • I mostly agree with the review. Not a typical cab, however, it’s somewhat typical for the really cheap (under $7) cabs out there in it’s fairly generic red wine muted flavor/aroma. There’s blackberry, and a faint hint of green olive, and an even fainter hint of clove/anise spiciness that makes it seem more like a syrah than a cab. The bottle says “finishing with an elegant touch of vanilla” but they must have left that out of the bottle I got.

    The bottle also says it’s full-bodied, but I find it very light.

    It’s pleasant enough though for a cheap wine, completely inoffensive, and very smooth (that’s thanks to the low tannin, I guess). At 2 for $10 from Walgreens, it’s priced what it’s worth.

  • I LOVE IT! I found it at Walgreens as well and I am trying to find how to buy it. It was the best Cab I’ve ever tasted. I like a “round”, buttery, smooth cab and the David Stone Cab was the first I found, for such a great price, that fit my standards. David Stone, if you’re out there, please send me a year’s supply 🙂

  • Agree with review. Tastes like grape juice and i could tell from the pour, even before i tasted it. lighter in color, more like pinot and no tannins. i love big wines. this one is hard to even put in the wine category…heading back out to buy another…ugh.

  • Where can you find David Stone wines in Colorado?? We were in Arizona and bought at Walgreens. The Merlot was great.

  • I too love the Syrash and is great wine

  • Ok, so it’s just not me who is disappointed. I thought I would look up opinions on the David Stone Cabernet before I presented the wine to my friends since I usually buy more expensive wine. I couldn’t resist the price offer: out of curiosity I bought two bottles. The Cab and the Chardonnay both are watery and thin in taste. I would rather spend my usual three times the price and enjoy a better tasting wine.

  • Something’s happening here…My friends and I have just stumbled onto David Stone wine. We each have different tastes but are willing to get together to try new and different wines. We were all so impressed that we got together for a tasting of each of the David Stone selections. We have not had a bad one yet! I’m impressed!

  • This is a great wine and a great value. My wife recently found it at our local Walgreens and we buy a few bottles a week it is great.

  • Love these wines. Brought back 24 bottles from Florida to Canada, and even with the duties paid at the border, feel it is good value.

  • I love this wine! I recently tried a bottle because it was on sale and went back for another. My friends loved it, too. I will continue to buy it.

  • I LOVE the Cabernet…but I was wondering what the alcohol content of the wine is. For some reason I have never seen it on the label anywhere. I can drink a few glasses and almost can’t even tell there is alcohol in it. Does anyone know?

  • I must say that David Stone is probably one of the best “cheap” wines I’ve ever tasted. Most bottles at this price level I find offensive and undrinkable. Not David Stone though. While the Cab is light, it’s a very tasty little wine and perfect for a non-special occasion weekday dinner! I’ve also had the Pinot Noir which I am equally a fan of. IMO, you cant’t get a better wine at 2/$10.

  • hey this david stone is great found it at walgreens as others have exclusive? been looking for more chardonnay sold out every time they can’t seem to keep it on the shelf going to for sure try the others prices have been higher than 2 for ten but they have sales @ 5.99 usually 7.99 orlando fl thanks it’s really smooth, flavorful, rich enough and is a pleasure to many of my friends and family

  • I have been drinking david stone for around 10 months, the cab is my favorite. But the last month or so, I would buy it one would be so smooth, and another would have a bite so it. I buy it all the time 8 to a case every 2 weeks. I took 2 bottles friends, the first bottle smooth, the next one has a bite to it. And also I just opened one & that had a bite to very disapointed.

  • david Stone Cab – It is terrible. I poured a bottle down the drain. Do not fall for the signature label. A bad bad Cab.

  • Love, Love, Love, it! I live in Florida and Cabernet is one of my favorite wines. I also was shocked to find this fabulous wine at a Walgreens store. I found it over the summer and have continued to purchase primarily David Stone cab. It is true that it is a little sweeter than most cabs, and not as tannic, but is also not as sweet as a Petite Sirah (which is also good, but not as a dinner wine). Please continue to make this awesome new favorite!

  • My wife and I like it very much and she is very picky. It will be awful when the price goes up because it is very tasty.

  • On sale at Walgreens this week for $3.99 for 750ml.For this price find me another california chardonnay or Cabernet that is available anywhere.i love smooth wines that are 12.5% alc .

  • I love this wine and I have also found it at Walgreens, but they are selling out fast!! I drove to other towns to get the David Stone Pinot Noir, rather than some other cheap wine. I wish I could find it somewhere else.

  • Where can I find David Stone’s Cab in the Dallas area (Plano, FRisco, Carrollton). Anyone know please?

    Thank you

  • I love The David Stone Merlot and I am very picky. I went back to Walgreens and bought more. Will definitely try the Cabernet and Pinot Noir as well.

  • I buy only your product (Cabernet/Merlot at
    Walgreens). The last bottle I tried to open
    the cork dissenegrated and I could not get the
    cork out – have to throw out. How can I get
    a replacement from you? Not my fault; this has never happened before. Thank you.

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    Anti Wine Snob only reviews wine; we don’t sell or otherwise distribute wine.

    If you do obtain another bottle, let us know what you think of it!

    AWS

  • I paid almost ten bucks for this Merlot cause I
    like to try different wines and this one looked
    interesting. BIG MISTAKE!!
    Shoulda spent my ten on bout four gallons
    of fruit punch. Would at least had volume
    for my money. Definitely NOT a north country
    vintage.

  • We have found your David Stone Chardonnay excellent! I cannot find it in NJ, have found it in Florida only. Love love this wine, where can we get it?
    Can I get it in NY state as well?

  • Walgreens in Virginia sell David Stone too. Anyone ever see it in Maryland? Hawaii?

  • I really like David Stone Wines. Why do people think Red wines have to be high in tannins and acid? I haven’t tried the David Stone whites yet but will. Keep up the good work Gallo!

  • I totally agree & totally disappointed! Lack flavor & body! Love the boldness of a nice Cab especially after shoveling several inches of heavy wet Chicago snow I was really looking forward to a “winter” wine. I have several favorites under $10 unfortunately this one won’t be on tahe list. Wish I read your review before buying it! Oh well…

  • Look on the label right side very small print. Pinot Noir is 12.5% and Chardonnay is 12%. Very good wine for the price. This wine has a very smooth taste. We get it at Walgreens Birmingham Al and w hen you buy 4 or more you get an additional 10% off.

  • I agree completely with the first review, and the only positive thing I can say is, “The more I drink, the better it tastes!” I will definitely not be buying this wine again.

  • My daughter bought me a bottle from Walgreens, and I have to tell you, I love it. I’ve purchased a lot of higher end red wines over the years that aren’t half as smooth as this wine. I couldn’t find a year on the label.

    • I love this wine. I bought it in Walgreens and they no longer have it. Where can I buy this I live in Stockbridge Ga.

      • Hi Chris,

        I don’t know where you can get this; sorry! AWS only tried it once, and that was at a Walgreens some time ago….

  • Just bought a bottle yesterday. The label looked really classy and the price was okay. As for the taste: it is a wine for people who don’t really like wine. It tastes like a little wine and a lot of maybe grape juice. If you have always disliked the “sharp” taste of regular wines, you will love the “smooth” taste of this stuff. If you really like wine though, I suggest you would be better off buying a cab from Chile for $2. Statements about desperately wanting this great wine and being willing to travel around the world to get it I could best understand as loyalty statements to Walgreens. P.S. you cannot find a year on the label because wine like this is mixed from several years (and probably grapes and regions)

  • I live close to Biltmore Estate in NC and enjoyed some of their wines. Their reserves are generally very good. However, there other brands which sell for about twice or more of the David Stone wines are not very good. The David Stone wines, while not worth $20 a bottle are a great buy at Walgreens. Very nice daily wine.

  • Yes. These wines are strangly weak. I felt exactly the same way about the Pinot Noir. No taste. ?? Is about right.5$ spent better on so many others.

  • Got it at walgreens. Total garbage. Super sweet. No tannins. No boldness, no flavor. Couldn’t detect any aromas other than sickly sweet grape juice. Tastes like someone poured grape juice into a $3 wine and bottled it. Immediately went to a grocery store and bought $10 Cab which was 100 times better.

  • If your a Cabernet fan pass on this one

  • I am having the Cab, it tastes like regular no snob red which is how like it. However it is 11% proof where the 1 glass buzz is a bit mellow.

  • Just found out this evening that Walgreens is no longer going to carry David Stone wine????? WTF!!!!!

  • Hello, I bought the Pinot Noir at Walgreens in New Iberia La. and now the wine is discontinued. Help me, love this wine where can I buy this again?

    • Hi Nicky,

      I wish I could help, but I’ve no idea where you can find David Stone now. If you do locate it again, please drop a note as now I’m curious!

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