This is a celebratory blend to commemorate the formation of two
great American Icons in both grocers and wine making. Kroger and Wente both found their way onto the scene in America during the year 1883 and have had a bit of a partnership as Icons in their respective industries.
I’ll be honest. Much of what I’m seeing in the grocery stores that passes for wines from California does little to thrill me. Perhaps it’s years of living in the Bay Area and having access to much of the wine up front, or having access to inexpensive wines that were under priced.
The Wente Cab isn’t a bad Cabernet. Fruit flavors and cherry from the get go start off the wine. It’s a deep red in color. The nose of this wine is light, but the berry tartness can be picked up easily. The wine has a mellow flavor, almost like that mulled wine flavor I keep picking up in CA wines that I buy from the grocer. I did manage to pair it with tritip from the cast iron, and that helped.
This is not a disparaging review by any means. I have had a ton of wines from California (particularly from Underground Cellar and Firstleaf) and this wine serves as an excellent table wine with friends.
First off, I have to state that this wine is an incredible one. The folks at Cornerstone Cellars did an outstanding job as usual. We’d had this bottle lying around for some time as a wine I picked up of theirs some time back seemed to be a little young, so I let this one sit for six months. Glad I did because the wine nose is very powerful, yet typical of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lush and full with leathery thickness on the palate, this medium to full bodied wine hits like a freight train on the mouth. It’s delicious, starting off with spice and balance to compliment the leather notes and chewy mouthfeel.
Soon on Pure Indulgence, we’re going to interview Craig from Cornerstone Cellars but until then, give his wines a try.
From South Eastern Austrailia, this wine boasts balanced tannins and chocolate on the palate with a creamy oak feel in the mouth. A medium bodied Cab from Aussie Vineyards. A ripe berry nose that opens up after time. Paired well with steak covered in african spice mixture and fried potato slices.
This wine is priced at just under $20 but I picked it up for less at Grocery Outlet.
I was extremely surprised when I first popped the cork from this wine. Pleasant flavors and typical aromas hit the nose before I’d poured into the glass. The cork crumble was expected since the wine was a few years old but 1996 was a good year for solid production in wine.
My reservation was with the fact that I paid $5 for this wine and it retails for like, $17 or so. The Grocery Outlet store here in Oakland has a less than stellar selection of wines and most of what we pick up I’d consider drinkable. Nothing more.
But this wine had structure though it was starting to fade. Deep red in color with tints of brown from age, this wine swirls with nice long legs. Aromas of cherry and fruit come to the nose with a welcome bit of terroir. Soft tannins and mellow undertones of berry fruit are evident with a nice medium finish.
After half an hour, the wine softened more and opened up with more sweetness on the palate and some light acidity that paired with spaghetti.
I’ll be going back to pick up a few more bottles of this cab at this procie for sure!
The winery’s website is: Bighorn Cellars. They like to specialize in small production of exemplary wines from the regions they grow best in. Also, they’re out of Oregon. Remind me to go back and read the label as I just saw they have a higher end wine for $45 and I’d be curious to know if I picked that up.
This full bodied and flavorful wine from Spain has a red color & typical dry nose w/ berry and spice. The finish was medium with a nice mouth feel reminiscent of Rioja. We picked this wine up at Grocery Outlet on a discount. I’d say it’s worth themoney for another year, due to Spanish wine’s ability to age well.
Picked up this wine for what seemed like a steal at Grocery Outlet. I think we paid less than $5.
Anyway, really light red color, strong berry nose with an extremely light body and short finish. This is NOT a typical cabernet but wasn’t overpowered by the rosemary salt hamburgers I served with it.
As far as wine reviews go, this is on the lighter side simply because the wine wasn’t so massively impressive, but again, it was a Grocery Outlet buy. Those tend to be hit or miss.