RKS 2023 Wine: For All You Pour Souls Stuck on California Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa this. Sonoma that. Lake District? Mendocino? Caught in the California Cabernet Sauvignon factory or possibly propaganda machine? What about British Columbia? What about Ontario? For that matter what about the rest of the world?

Washington State can produce some top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Is this Intrinsic Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon one of them?

Wild label. Would you dance with that woman?

Aroma: Big, brash and towering. A tsunami of a Cabernet Sauvignon that is still developing its curl. A baby in a bottle. A surfer respects the massive wave so should wine drinkers respect this Cabernet Sauvignon? Blueberry, black cherry, blackberry and a bit of Croatian hazelnut wafer cookie.

Palate: Firm, cloistered with a gentle surge but not a monster wave of tannins. Blueberry, blueberry pancakes and all of it bound nicely with no obvious oak.

Personality: Joanna Andrade.

Food match: https://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/greek-style-octopus/

Cellarbility: Will cruise into 2026 nicely.

Price: $30.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 91/100. Jamessuckling.com 92.

(Intrinsic 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, Intrinsic Wine Co, Paterson, Washington, 750 mL, 14.5%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 493379).

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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