By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.hopefamilywines.com
I really didn’t want to like this wine and not just because it’s widely considered a “grocery store wine” by most in the trade or a “simple glass pour” at many restaurants. I wanted to not like it because, well, it’s one of those “mass-produced” California cabs that can be the “same ol”, “same ol”, right? I was wrong.
- Varietal: CabernetSauvignon
- Appellation: Paso Robles
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Price: $16
Nose: Currant, black cherry, raspberry, boysenberry, licorice, star anise, peppercorn, cigar wrapper and dark chocolate.
Taste: A very tasty blend of dark fruits, spices, tobacco, leather and chocolate with some definite hints of toasted oak. Good mid palate and finish make this a very good buy for the money.