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