RKS Wine: North Coast California Dough Cabernet Sauvignon: How a State Monopoly for Liquor Distribution Mocks Us

You may have seen wine “on sale” at your LCBO. Sale most often means a whopping and quite frankly insulting $1.00 or $2.00 discount. Wow! Shiver me timbers! Then the roof gets blown off “a la State Monopoly” with manager discounts that can be as high as 30%. Beyond 30% seems a place no liquor monopoly dare tread. This Dough was one of those manager discounts. These discounts are because the wine is not selling out fast enough so new stock can be put on the shelves. Sometimes it is a couple of cases or a couple of bottles. And it is store based. It is not a matter of poor quality as I see many poor-quality wines being sold at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario without any discount.

Dough originally was on the shelves at $27.95 but with the “deep” a la State Monopoly discount it was $19.40.

On the nose somewhat of a typical California marker for Cabernet Sauvignon that being blueberry. There is also some blackberry and black cherry with a bit of smoke. The tannins are moderate and provide a good grip. We taste some blueberry on the palate. Strangely there is a bit of blue in the colour of this red wine. Is it reality or do I have a chunk of blueberry pie on my mind? The wine has a medium finish to it. Unfortunately it lacks both complexity and charm. I think it is best suited to food and let’s get American and have it with a chunk of beef.

This wine might suit a nice piece of beef

I wouldn’t pay $27.95 for this wine. The markdown does not reveal a hidden treasure at least this time.

(Dough Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, California North Coast, Dough Wines, Oakville California $19.40, LCBO # 20802, 750 mL, 14.9%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 86/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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