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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wine Review: Baron Cooper 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Baron Cooper 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

If you're a dog lover it's always a great bonus to give a little something to the well being of man's best friend. 5% of sales on all of Baron Cooper's wines go to the Best Friends Animal Society, which focuses solely on putting an end to killing cats and dogs in shelters.

I'm a huge dog lover but not so much of cats. But I do realize that it's not the cat's fault it was born into a terrible species, so I'm still nice to them on an individual basis and I don't want the demon spawn to die. I guess my point is that cats in shelters are being killed too so even if you're a cat person but not a dog person, then Baron Cooper is for you as well.

Who is Baron Cooper? He's a doggy. Cooper is a Manchester terrier that was rescued from a shelter and was so emotionally scarred from his past experiences that he was even afraid of a bouncing ball. Today he's much happier and playful and his rescuers, the Habashi family, created this wine brand in his honor.

They make Sauvignon Blanc (California), Chardonnay (California), Pinot Noir (Sonoma County), Old Vine Zinfandel (Tamora Vineyard in Lodi), a Red Blend (California) and Cabernet Sauvignon (California). You can read about their wines and even buy them on

I'll be reviewing the Sauvignon Blanc in a few days (read it now) but today I'm reviewing the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Baron Cooper, Manchester terrier
Now on with tasting the wine! So although their Cabernet is labeled as simply California, the winemaking process was done in Lodi. I'm not sure who grew the grapes and where in California they're from, I just know their Cab comes from "the warmer valley floor areas". I would assume that includes the surrounding area of the enormous Central Valley.

The wine has a 13.6% ABV. The color is a dark ruby but the density is rather thin. You can tell this is going to be on the lighter side of Cabernet.

The nose has some nice muddy and tomato aromas, along with cherries, cedar and a little touch of tobacco. That aroma profile should just be called "The Joey Special" because I'm a complete sucker for it. Every time.

The body is that of a lighter Cabernet as I suspected, with soft tannin and high acidity, but the flavor is bold enough and not thinned out. It's mostly dark cherry and plum, but there's a little bit of vanilla and caramel in there as well. The finish is the most impressive part of the wine, actually. It's that dark cherry and plum again with almost a buttery flavor, and the softer tannin keeps it smooooth... and it lasts for an insanely long time.

I'm going to give this wine TWO RATINGS! If we're talking about buying the wine just for the wine then it gets a 3 out of 5. It's not going to blow you away but you wouldn't regret dropping the $20 if you did buy it. It's tasty and satisfying for the price.

Price: $20
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying.
(what does that mean?)


When you add the cause to quality it has a completely different outcome. Normally when wines have a righteous cause it's terrible or just alright... and overpriced. Because those extra dollars spent go to that good deed. Not here. You're buying a $20 wine that you probably wouldn't have a problem spending $20 on, while also helping our furry friends that need some help.

Price: $20
Rating: 5/5 = Highly 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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