Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Quick Review: Split Rock Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

US, CT, Split Rock Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
+ // Fruity, Spicy // Petrol, Earth // Black Pepper, Strawberry, Leather // Medium

This wine needed a little more time to "open up" than we normally give our reds. Initially, the flavors weren't as balanced as we would like, but by the second glass the oxidation had mellowed it out a bit, balancing fruit and spice notes, with a bit more pepper than is found in most California Cabernet Sauvignon. We're still wildly impressed that this came from a winemaker who is a hobbyist. You would never have known.  Of course, you can't find this wine in any shop or restaurant menu, but we review it here as a glimpse into what's going on behind the scenes in this industry. People are making their own wine, and it's good!

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