Donati Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Paicines 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Paicines

Varietal   Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price   $25

ABV   13.8%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, dark ruby red color.

Aromatics

The nose is filled with the scents of ripe, sweet cherry with more red berries and accents of vanilla, allspice, and toasted oak.

Flavor

The palate is in full accord with the nose with a lush and silky fruit-driven core with generous brown spice notes, vanilla tinged oak, and hints of cassis.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with generous flavors with a good balance and little to no discernible tannins.

Cool Factor

B

A wonderfully made Cabernet with mass appeal is always welcomed.

Value Grade

B

At $25 a bottle it is sensibly priced considering the quality and pleasure found in the bottle.

Analysis

Stylistically this is a very approachable Cabernet with very soft tannins, lush fruit, and sweet spice notes. The majority Cabernet Sauvignon is supported by: 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot offering layers of complex flavors. It is aged for 19 months; 29% New French Oak, 7% New American Oak, and 64% Neutral Oak.

How to Enjoy

Moderate alcohol and very soft tannins make this a rare Cabernet to be enjoyed on its own. With food this wine is well suited for braised meat dishes and grilled vegetables.

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