The kind folks at HandCraft Wines sent me this delightful bottle a couple of weeks ago, and I wasted no time planning a meal around it. As you can obviously see.
I was intrigued by the idea of a California Cabernet Sauvignon with an added hint of Sangiovese, especially considering my love of Italian-style wines. (Still no word on the elusive sub-$15 Corvina. The search continues!)
But good news, this Cab is delightful. Just enough tannins and just enough fruit – it was exactly right.
We enjoyed it with a selection of cheeses (the hard Italian cheese won our informal “best with” tasting) and then with a steak for dinner (solid and balanced.) My only regret is not preparing some mushrooms for the ribeye because that would have made the meal just about perfect.
Ultimately, it’s a nicely full-bodied Cab with the perfect amount of fruit, a touch of cocoa, and a smooth finish. The suggest retail is $12.99, but if you’re in Texas, HEB offers it for $9-10.
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by HandCraft Wines, a collection of California wines with a dash of Italian varietals. Opinions are entirely my own. No animals were harmed, though much wine was consumed, during the writing of this review. We ate all the cheese.