Friday, August 30, 2013

Millbrandt Vineyards Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Made a decision for Cabernet Day this year (Aug.29) to open an East Coast and West Coast value wine for a little battle.  Unfortunately, the battle was over after the first sip of my New York Cabernet.  Standing alone for the evening was a Washington State Columbia Valley wine from Milbrandt Vineyards.  I just picked this wine up, on sale, at a local wine shop.  The wine was chosen because the shelf-talker showed it as a 90 pt wine and the price was only $13. ($2 discount).  We had just returned from a night out at our favorite seafood restaurant, so only chocolate wafers were paired with the wine.

Color was a dark red with aromas of red cherry licorice, chocolate, black currant with a little smoke, vanilla and hints of burnt coconut. Flavors were the same with some added blackberry, spice and herbs. Finish was lengthy with spice, some herbal and a little wood, more cedar than oak.  The wine was probably opened a little too soon.  Still young and can use more time on the rack. Will pair nicely with grilled meats. Recommended

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