Sea Pines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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@i8dacat and friends Lab Rat Report an easy to drink crown pleaser Taste felt well rounded, medium to light body with low tannins, nice drawn out finish ...
2020 Sea Pines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County
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Not for sale online, $384.00/case MSRP
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2020 Sea Pines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
3 bottles for $59.99 $20/bottle + $2.67/bottle shipping
Case of 12 for $159.99 $13.33/bottle + $1/bottle shipping
2020 Sea Pines Vineyard, Mendocino County Cab Sauv
This cab poured beautiful garnett with hint of rubi red along the edges, very inviting. On the nose lots of red currant, ripe red strawberries, light floral hints…almost reminiscent of a pinot imo. Taste felt well rounded, immediately felt some acidity hit front of tongue and quickly hitting the back leaving a slight salivating sensation. Wine was medium to light body with low tannins, nice drawn out finish with no heavy presence of the 14% alcohol.
Had some friends over, who are not big on cabs, have a tasting which they really enjoyed. They said it felt easy to drink and couldn’t believe it was high alcohol. Easy to see this red is an easy crowd pleaser.
Overall this was a pleasant cab without a heavy dry finish but enough to remind you it’s still a cab. I would say this is a good intro red cab to non cab drinkers.
2020 Sea Pines Vineyard, Mendocino County Cab Sauv
Lab rat checking in! My SO and I received the bottle last Wednesday but were out of town until Tuesday afternoon, so the bottle had plenty of time to rest after shipping.
We typically drink dry reds and whites and enjoy cabernet sauvignon, but usually with at least 10 years of age on the wine. We drink a fair amount of CS, from Pedroncelli and Wellington, up to higher end offerings. Fair warning, my partner has the much better palate and she is just getting over a sinus infection, so the details are down to me more than normal!
Onto the review!
The bottle has a nice weight and deep punt with attractive / understated labels front and back. Off to a good start!!
Popping the agglomerate cork shows some dark staining but no cork seepage, indicating the wine was not recently bottle.
The wine is clear and free of sediment with a dark red core and lightening towards the edges with zero sign of bricking (confirmed, it is young!)
On pnp, the wine is very tight. We tasted from universal glasses. The nose had red fruits and a bit of cocoa. The palate had some chocolate but was tight with strong tannins and some alcohol and astringency.
We drank half the bottle over a few hours, giving the wine plenty of time to breathe in the glass. The wine slowly started to open up and mellow out a bit. The nose became much more pleasant with red fruits, some vanilla, and SO thought she caught a whiff of green pepper. The palate had cherry, lots of mocha, with a fairly long and enjoyable finish for such a young cab.
We corked half the bottle under air to see how it is doing tomorrow and will report back.
We both thought this more of a weekend wine and not a mid-week sipper. It is not overly complex, but it does have some nuance and we would be happy to open it with a steak dinner on a Saturday evening with some friends.
We both agreed we would be happy to pick this up from a local shop around $25/bottle, so the Casemates pricing seems like a good buy. Now to see if it has legs to age a little!
How much more are you saving by buying a full case?
(Note: tax and shipping are not included in savings calculations).
2020 Sea Pines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - $80 = 33.33%
I am with you. I am european but live in California. I love wine so naturally I try to appreciate what’s on my doorstep but honestly, I am disappointed in CA cabs every time. I have had quality bottles but I find the fruit and the vanilla just overbearing. No balance. At least not in the wines I’ve tried.
CA Cabs tend to be big “New World” wines, made in the style preferred by wine critic Robert Parker. You would probably enjoy them more with 10+ years in the cellar behind them. There are a few producers who attempt to create “Old World” style wines. When it comes to Cabs, recommend you try something from Cathy Corison.
Corison wines are not cheap but I think you would appreciate them. Her Kronos Vineyard Cabs are especially good.
This is a good point I did not put in my review. We absolutely prefer old world style wines and do not drink overly extracted cabs. The wine on offer is solid and much more restrained than a lot of cheap CA cabs.
@nosir512a How novel.
May get a case of these so I have them next time I am in Sea Pines Resort (HHI)
@browncj7 you know, I have a dim memory of staying there with my extended family sometime in the 1980s. I thought of it as soon as I saw the label.