The Wine Wednesday column has been missing for awhile now! But, we are back and we will do our best to bring you a bargain wine selection each Wednesday. Our first return to Wine Wednesday selection is an exclusive at Trader Joe’s, one of our favorite places for bargain wines. The 2010 Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon is an easy drinking Cabernet with tamed tannins and displaying that the grapes hail from a warm growing region. This wine spent its time in stainless steel, which preserves the pure fruit notes and shows an absence of oak flavors, like vanilla, oak, cedar, cocoa and chocolate. Instead, the Dark Horse Cabernet is extremely fruit forward with an almost candied fruit notes of blackberry, black cherry and currants. This wine is great for newbies, cocktail parties and sangria.
Tasting notes for the 2010 Dark Horse Cabernet:
Appearance: clear, medium to medium plus purple color with viscous legs
Nose: clean, youthful with a medium aroma of candied blackberry, black cherry jam, black currants and a hint of vanilla
Palate: dry, medium minus tannin, medium acidity, medium plus alcohol, medium intensity of blackberry, black cherry jam, black currants and a hint of vanilla with a medium minus to medium length
Rating: Average to good quality wine. Solid entry level Cabernet. Serve at cocktail parties (it would be a great “cocktail” wine) and eat with steak or meat sauce