Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Loon Cab bottle 003

Loon Cab bottle 003

The Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is sourced from vineyards located in the Central Valley of Chile. Smoking Loon is one of Don Sebastiani and Sons ( a family owned wine company since 1909) wine labels. Smoking Loon is a negociant wine company, meaning that they have no vineyards or winery, they purchase grapes (mostly long-term contracts) and rent space in existing wineries to produce their wine. This greatly lowers their overhead and allows them to produce wine at a low-cost. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 10 months in 50% French and 50% American oak, 60% new oak. The alcohol content is 13.5%.

The color is cherry red with black highlights. The nose is black cherry, vanilla, plum, violets and spice candy. This is a medium to full-bodied Cabernet, with dark berry flavors and excellent balance. It tastes of blackberry, licorice, a little cracked black pepper, raspberry and mild oak spice. The mid-palate shows slightly bitter dark chocolate and a hint of crème brûlée. The tannins are out-of-the-way and the acidity is somewhat muted. The finish starts off strong, but fades, though it never really goes away.

The Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a solid under $10 Cabernet. Inexpensive Cabs can be pale imitations of the real thing, but the Smoking Loon looks like a Cab, smells like a Cab and tastes like a Cab. It’s an everyday Cabernet, not some big and bold $75 steakhouse Cab, you won’t get the two confused. But for under ten bucks the Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 does a real nice job.

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