Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2013

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Paso Robles

Varietal   Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price   $20

ABV   13.9%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, dark garnet to ruby red color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are dense with loads of red and black cherry, cassis, plum, and blackberry with supporting notes of allspice, nutmeg, cocoa nibs, and sweet vanilla-soaked oak.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a lush and chewy fruit-driven core with a generous dose of sweet spice and oak to round out the flavors.

Intensity & Texture

This is a classic California Cabernet offering rich and jammy fruit and soft, juicy tannins with just enough acid to keep it from being heavy.

Cool Factor

B

This is absolutely a style of Cabernet that many American wine lovers are seeking.

Value Grade

B

$20 for a tasty California Cabernet is a solid value.

Analysis

Concannon has been making great wines in California for over 130 years. They have contributed mightily to the California wine industry and especially so with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 1800s the Concannons imported vines from famed Bordeaux vineyards including Chateau Margaux. Today well over half of the California Cabernet vineyards are planted to Concannon clones. This Cab from Paso exhibits deep colors and rich flavors with soft, chewy tannins.

How to Enjoy

It's a bigger style of Cabernet but the soft, juicy tannins make it easy to drink. It needs nothing but a glass but it will marry well with lean, grilled beef.

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