RKS Wine: A Laggard Cali Cab Sauv?

The Pull 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles isn’t exactly roaring off the shelves. Perhaps it has no “big score” so buyers steer clear unwilling to risk getting stuck with a clunker. So it is shown in the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s (LCBO) Vintages Catalogue as being an “editor’s choice”. Certainly not a good idea to criticize wines your clever buyers are gracing the citizens of Ontario with! Not quite sure who the editor is!

Having the courage to open and try a non renowned critic recommended wine lets give it a try. As for what wafts up from the glass there is dense blueberry and blackberry. There is also a fair amount of black cherry. Chewy tannins and the acidity is well controlled. This is a full-bodied wine but what exactly is in that full body? At first blush the palate is tight so give it a half hour to open up. Pour it into a decanter and go take the dog for a walk.

Back from the walk now the aromas have not changed. The wine has a big mouthfeel and a bit of a burn no surprise considering its 14.9% alcohol. Mostly rich black cherry and a touch of nutmeg. Not terribly exciting.

Pair with a burger or flank steak with chimichurri sauce.

Given its tannins the wine could improve over the next two years and perhaps gain some complexity.

(Pull 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, Pull Wines, Paso Robles, California, $24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 23822, 750 mL, 14.9%, RKS Wine Rating 86/100)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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