Swill or Swell: Episode 2
Josh Cabernet Sauvignon
Welcome to Swill or Swell, a weekly series where I taste grocery store wines and let you know if they’re worth the buck or just meant for the drain!
CAVEAT! As you read this, please keep in mind that wine is subjective! This means that everyone enjoys different things and something I like might not be something you like and vice versa. I’ll be as objective as I can with facts about the wine’s quality, but in the end if your opinion differs from mine...that’s perfectly fine! Wine is only worth drinking if YOU like drinking it!
LET’S INTRODUCE THE WINE
For this episode, I chose a wine that seems to be fairly popular amongst red wine drinkers and one I’ve seen at many a dinner party. Today, I’ll be tasting the Josh Cabernet Sauvignon from California.
JOSH CABERNET SAUVIGNON FUN FACTS
Before we get into the review, let’s talk a bit about this wine.
WINE TASTING NOTES
Look: Dark Ruby, Opaque
Smell: Lots of red fruit: plum, cherry, raspberry, strawberry. Almost like a strawberry jam. Hint of green pepper.
Taste: Fruit forward, good balance of acidity and tannin. Mouth waters and feels a bit dry at the same time. Alcohol is a bit high, but not overwhelming.
Food Pairing - Grilled Burgers comes to mind, or a simple meat & potato meal. Could work well with roasted peppers.
Occasion - Backyard BBQ, House Party, Netflix & Couch Wine
Rating - Crowd Pleaser for sure! Lots of fruit, but not sweet. I really enjoy the acidity and balanced tannin. Only complaint is that I want some minerality: like graphite or another aroma group. Overall, one thumb up!
In summary, I was pleasantly surprised with this wine. A lot of times budget Cabernet Sauvignon coming out of California can be overwhelming in tannin, alcohol, or fruit flavor. This wine was overall fairly balanced and very drinkable. It definitely belongs in the swell group!
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