This wine is another testament from the pulpit where we continually exclaim that not all wine has to be expensive to be good. This is a non-vintage Harvester Cabernet Sauvignon from Austin Hope Winery. Non-vintage generally eludes that this wine is a blend of several vineyards and vintages and the production is on the higher side. That not only means that this wine is readily available, but it is also affordable. We originally tasted this bottle at a local wine shop and while it didn't mirror the $100 Ghost Block that we tasted, it certainly held its own.
This wine is from Paso Robles and has a pleasant, medium-dark purple color. The aromas are on the brighter side of red fruits and baked pastry, followed by notes of allspice and vanilla. On the palate is a plesant and sleek flavor profile of cherry, plum, spices and vanilla. The wine doesn't linger but the finish is satisfying and this is certainly a wine that would pair well with barbeque or stuffed peppers.
When you're having one of those nights that you want a solid Cabernet Sauvignon, but you don't want to pluck a $200 bottle out of your cellar, reach for this one! This would be a solid wine to serve at an informal get together as well. Enjoy!
Winery: Austin Hope Winery
Suggested retail price: $19.99
Drink The Bottles score: 88/100