Robert Hall, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014

  • Basic info: Robert Hall, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2014.
  • Type: Red
  • Price estimate: $22 (at local wine store)
  • Look: Deep garnet color with a lot of legs. Probably higher alcohol content. (Bob called it purple)
  • Smell: Earth, mineral with a tiny bit of jam if you really search for it. Bob said mineral and spice.
  • Taste: Bob’s taste description: medium tannin structure. Dry. Bold taste with some definite mineral notes. I had a harder time describing this one – I got rocky and mineral. No fruit until it warmed up and opened up, then there was some definite cherry notes in the wine.
  • Conclusions: This would be great with food, either a lasagna or steak if you want to eat meat. I would call this exactly what I would expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon and probably a very classic example of a California Cabernet.
  • Other notes: I’m still not sure how I feel about this one. It got better as it opened up, but I really could not do more than one glass of it. The overt mineral taste is hard for me to really enjoy, but it is a wine I think I appreciate.
  • From the bottle: “A full bodied wine with a core of black currant and hints of cedar and spice.” 14.5% alcohol by volume.

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