Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Sierra Foothills, California

Here’s my choice for this week’s #FridayCabernetfix. This is a great California Cabernet.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Extremely fruity on the nose with blackberries, black plums, cherry pie, cooked strawberries, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, sweet tobacco, light vegetables, coffee, vinaigrette, black pepper and leather.

Full-bodied and big with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cooked figs, dried fruits, dark coffee, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, cedar, caramel, earth, tobacco leaf, green vegetables, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California, is drinking very nicely now, with very nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Still young and would benefit from a few more years in the bottle to smooth out, and reduce some of the acidity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

I had it 6 months ago and there’s still no change. I would love to revisit this in 3 years as this is a great vintage.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is good by itself as a sipping wine, or with food.

I paired it with hard cheeses, but it really went well with a light French Brie.

Grapes are grown at 3000 feet elevation and aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.



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