Lifevine Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
There is a deep dark, blood red center that fades to a ruby red outer rim and hue. The wine shows clarity and seems bright in the glass. No particles in the glass and the viscosity is high, suggesting a wine with 15% abv or more. The aroma is driven by an immediate whiff of toasty oak, vanilla, cedar, and cinnamon. Immediately connected to this spice component are bright red fruits of cassis, stewed cherries, and currants. Secondary fruits notes of spiced plum and blackberry carry on to green tobacco leaf and a touch of earth and mushroom. The wine is youthful and fresh and shows plenty of complexity in the glass already. The palate is dry and filled with ripe dark cherry, cassis, dark plum, and blackberry. There is an underlying tangy red fruit flavor that is super charming. It is nice to taste a Cabernet Sauvignon that showcases red fruits and not totally skewed in the black fruit direction. Dried herbs and notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander marry nicely with the ripe fruit and create a nice accent to the wine. The acidity of this wine is pleasantly bright and lively and the tannin profile is structured, yet polished - ideal for both immediate enjoyment and time in cellar. This Cabernet is a pleasant return to the California Cabs that are represented by fresh red fruit flavors, judicious use of oak, bright acidity, and a refreshing finish. This is a very approachable Cabernet Sauvignon, yet offers plenty of weight and density for those who require that power associated with the variety. This wine shows balance, purity, style, and approachability. A refreshing change and departure from many in the category.
This balanced wine is packed with fruit and spice flavors. A full body and moderate tannins give it a big mouthfeel, while ripe black-cherry and red-cherry notes provide satisfaction.