Summers Estate Andriana's Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon California 2013

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   California

Varietal   Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price   $19.99

ABV   14.1%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deepeset, darkest ruby red to purple color.

Aromatics

The nose is filled with the scents of black plum, cassis, blackberry, and tart cherry with a generous dose of brown baking spices lead by allspice with rich notes of cedar, earth, and toasted oak as well.

Flavor

The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a dense and concentrated core of ripe fruit flanked by spice and oak with a hint of black pepper.

Intensity & Texture

Ideally balanced, medium to full-bodied, and intense with ripe fruit held in check by tart fruits, bright acidity, and oak.

Cool Factor

B+

I do love the philosophy of blending prestigious appellations in the effort to make a wine that is ready to drink while complex.

Value Grade

B

Finding tasty Cabernet that is more than just a one-note wonder for $20 or under is not easy. This Summers Cabernet delivers taste and value.

Analysis

Technically this is a California appellation wine as nearly half of the grapes come from Sonoma County and the other half from Napa. Additionally it has a unique supporting cast of 10% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, 3% Syrah, 1% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc. In the end it's all Cabernet in the glass with dark berry fruits taking the lead. It's ready to drink now but should keep well for several years. 88 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

Do be sure to decant this wine. You will be rewarded. The ripe fruit core will not show itself unless you give this wine a bit of air. Pair with roasted meats, hard cheese, and dark chocolate.

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