RKS Wine: A California Cabernet Sauvignon on Training Wheels!

There are LCBO Vintages consultants that know their stuff and can be trusted. Some can’t thinking the LCBO knows how to select wine and who are you to question the big monopoly.

One trusted Vintages consultant suggested Long Barn Cabernet Sauvignon as an entry level Cabernet Sauvignon with a “California” designation which means that 100% of the grapes come from that state.

It is a challenge to find a reliable $20 and under Cabernet Sauvignon from California but part of the fun is trying.

On the aromatic side there is some cassis, blueberry, blackberry, black cherry with a wisp of smoke. It’s got the bones of a good Cali Cabernet Sauvignon but lacks complete power to be a classy one. On the palate it has moderate tannins and hints of creaminess and depth that one might expect from a much pricier Cabernet Sauvignon but I emphasize hints. Bits of cassis, kirsch and blueberry. A California Cabernet Sauvignon on training wheels. The acids and tannins are perfectly aligned for food.

If you have friends that think they are knowledgeable about wine I think you can pull this out for a BBQ, slightly chilled, and they might say that is good Cabernet Sauvignon! Take advantage of the heat and smoke as a cover for a paltry priced $16.95 California Cabernet Sauvignon. But try this in a controlled tasting room you might not be able to get away with it.

Speaking of a hot grill this would suit just about all manner of beef or lamb burgers. This wine punches above its price point. Drink by the end of 2022.

(Long Barn 2020 California Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Barn, Napa, California, $16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 164872, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 89/100).

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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