Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wine Review: Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

To read all about Matchbook check out my article A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company, and to see my other reviews of their wine then click here. But from today to next Thursday I've got four more reviews of their brand new stuff comin' at ya!

Right now I'm in the middle of a brand new series of Matchbook wine reviews. Their Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2016 was my wine pick of the month, then I tried their Tinto Rey Rosé 2017, then their Chasing Venus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017, and now I'm cleaning up with Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, and 1% Tannat. While fermenting in small temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, they pumped the tanks over twice a day before being pressed. After that the wine saw fourteen months of aging in French, Hungarian, and American oak. The final ABV is 13.9%.

The color of the wine is ruby red. On the nose there's aromas of tobacco, eucalyptus, mocha, black cherries, and sea salt. It's just poking you in the nostrils saying "CAB. CAB. CAB. CAB. CAB." with every poke and it's pretty friggin' awesome. I love the nose. On the palate it's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and a very present but not aggressive tannin. There's flavors of black cherries, cassis, black olives, and vanilla. Then it finishes with black cherries and pencil shavings.

This is a $15 Cab, man, and it knows it's a $15 Cab. It's exactly what you expect without any shenanigans and that's great, because even though it's not going to make you contemplate existence it's a guaranteed pleaser for your money.

And you know what? I'm going to even give a Recommendation, not just because the nose is outstanding, but because there's no shenanigans. Cabs in this price range have been trying to get away with too much crap, such as being sugary cherry candy bombs or just being overpriced and basic af, and it's time we start rewarding the ones that do it right.

Price: $15
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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