Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | February 20, 2011

Nothing to be Pessimistic About Here: An Intriguing Paso Robles Cab For Around $10

I am always on the hunt for new wine experiences at great prices. So, earlier this month when Cost Plus World Markets had a major sale on wine for its wine club members (it is free to join) I buzzed through the wine racks and filled a mixed case of reds from all over the world.

You can be sure for every “must buy” I picked up during the sale I poured through about a half dozen “run away from” bottles – and I may post a few compilation reviews of the top “bottles to avoid” just in case you are feeling adventurous at your local wine store and want to stave off a potential oenophilial train wreck.

However, the good news is that this week’s review was downright intriguing. As we corked the 2009 “The Pessimist” Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon it was clear this California Cab was going to be a bit of an adventure to review. Bold and a bit young, the 2009 “The Pessimist” made a believer out of me. Over the course of our tasting cherry and blackberry flavors filled each glass – with just the right amount of that famous Paso Robles spiced kick added in to keep me intrigued.

As the wine opened the 2009 showed its character by holding tightly to its tannins and its dark berry nose followed through with each glass. This one may not be for everyone, but for around $10 per bottle I found it to be surprisingly different and enjoyable glass of wine.


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