Tansey’s Blind Rating – 88 Points
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Wine Selection – Carson Ridge
Producer – Carson Ridge
Vintage – 2014
Varietal – Cabernet Sauvignon
Region – California, Paso Robles
Alcohol – 13.5%
Food Paring – Blackened steak, black and bleu burgers, ribs, or saucy chicken.
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW
Powerful and luscious aromas of black fruits and cola. On the palate, blackberry, plum, and overripe strawberry are the captains of this team. On the mid-palate, tobacco and dark earth begin to peek through the abundant fruit characteristics. Medium tannins stick to the teeth rather than the cheeks, which may be due in part to the solid oak and strong fruit influences. The wine has a lengthy and very dark, earthy finish. Just enough earth and fruit to balance out the oak. The wine is full bodied and really has great fruit, and just enough earthy characteristics to keep it from being labeled a jam fest. This wine is luscious but not over the top, and will be an easy crowd pleaser. Cheers!
Paso Robles – Paso Robles is a warm climate wine region, located in San Louis Obisbo, California, situated between Monterey to the north, and Santa Barbara to the south. Paso Robles is known for its big, robust Zins, Cabs, and Syrahs but the region is also the central hub for the Rhone style wine movement, which is growing in popularity and producing complex, cellar worthy, Rhone style blends. Eric Tansey, CSW.