Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | February 10, 2010

Estancia Cabernet – Spanish for “kind of ok”

Ok, I have to admit, I have been debating how to approach this wine review for the past few hours. I know this Cab has its supporters and its detractors, and, probably rightfully so.

The 2007 Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfectly fine wine right out of the bottle. The Paso Robles vintage has a distinctively dark cherry aroma which mellows after a few moments in the glass, but the wine fails to open up into anything I would call enjoyable. The very light tannins make this a simple and easy wine to drink with just about anything. I opened the bottle to accompany my Italian Store prosciutto sandwich – which by the way was as good as ever.

I know many people like the Estancia line of wines and consider them to be fine vintners of very solid everyday red wines. Perhaps it is just me. Maybe the snow has finally gotten to me and I am just cranky at the world (or it could be that the never ending loop of Yo Gabba Gabba that my daughter is watching during the snow-in has finally turned my brain into orange goo), but I don’t understand the love affair some have with this wine.

The 2007 lacked the distinctive impression one would expect from a $13 California Cabernet. There was nothing particularly special about this wine, and true, it will offend no one. For half the price this wine would be a worthy addition to your everyday wine shopping list. But at $13, it is simply overpriced compared to other value reds available today.

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