La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

LCBO#: 292110
Price: $15.50
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Mascota Vineyards
ABV: 14%

This Argentinian red wine from Mendoza smells not too sweet, with notes of darker berries and hints of tobacco. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with just a tad tannins in the finish. A decent light dryness. Soft flavours of blackberries and caramel. A slight too smooth to drink alone, but goes very well with food. Seems to get better as it breaths though and easy going for those who prefer milder Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rating: 3.7/5

Cupcake Black Forest

LCBO#: 470088
Price: $14.95
Made in: Livermore, California, US
By: Cupcake Vineyards
Year: 2014

This blended red wine from California starts off with a nice rich aroma of cherries, blackberries among other darker fruits. The label has some class, but a little too busy, and too many different fonts. We keep on going down from there, but not so low. Some good sweetness from the fruits, but the finish is quick and not like written on back label – “long and complex”. Decent dryness but wish the finish was more. Too bad, as was looking good at first.

Rating: 3.4/5

Alvar Cabernet Sauvignon VQA

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Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Winery
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Not sure why, but was not expecting much from this one. The label is quite nice though. Does not look like a Pelee Island wine. It does smell decent, but after lots of breathing. Soft leather and tobacco notes. The taste is really the problem. Starts off pretty sweet, but then gets quite acidic with some vinegar taking over. Hard to taste the berries. A little to wet as well, lacking tannins. Gets better with lots of time, but nothing to save this one.

Rating: 2.3/5

De Loach Cabernet Sauvignon

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Price: $10.99 (US)
Made in: California
By: De Loach Vineyards
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

This Californian Cabernet Sauvignon is sweet in the nose, with notes of alcohol and vanilla adding to the sweetness. The mouthfeel is pretty wet with light tannins. Hints of cherries and very faint tobacco. Goes down well with supper, but lacking the strong characters for this style.

Rating: 3.7/5

Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon

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Price: $8.99 (US)
Made in: Central Coast, California
By: Vampire Vinyeards
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Purchased for the label and subject title at Total Wine in Vegas. Mild aromas at first but they seems to get stronger with time. Wet mouthfeel with not much tannins. Light cherry taste with blackberries. Nothing bad, but a little too watered-down overall.

Rating: 2.7/5