bad wine · berry · Cabernet Sauvignon · plum · red wine · under $10

2005 Papio Cabernet Sauvignon

Boasting luscious plum and ripe berry flavors this wine does not hold up to its label.  It’s almost as if this after taste happens at the beginning; BEFORE I even taste the wine.  My sense of smell picks up the rancid bite and I make a face even before I try the wine.  It’s terrible at the beginning and then mellows off.  I can’t pick up on any of the flavors becuase of acidity of the wine.  I wouldn’t go as far to say the wine had gone bad but with a 2005 date it could be on it’s last legs.  This wine was brought to a dinner party and the person who brought it forgot to take of the DISCOUNT sticker on the wine (it cost $5).  After researching more recent years 2008 and 2009 it appears they are all priced around $5.  I had to to cut the wine with some Ginger Ale.  The sweetness from the Ginger Ale made the wine tolerable enough to drink (hate wasting it).  I do think the rest of the bottle will need to down the drain. Maybe I’ll pick up a “newer” bottle of Papio some time in the future but I’m going to need awhile to get over this experience.

blackberry · Cabernet Sauvignon · cherry · currant · red wine · under $10

2008 Snap Dragon

A flavorful California red (2008).  Winery notes: 

“Cherry, blackberry and spice with a hint of currant and smooth tannins.”

I never taste a wine for the first time and try to pair it with food.  Unless I’m out at a restaurant or at a wine tasting I try and have a solo glass after the evening meal so I can focus just on the flavors.  My first impression of this wine was YUM!  No rancid after taste (great job with the tannin)!  It left heart burn at home (a problem I usually have with red wines) which made this wine a very smooth choice.  I easily picked up on the blackberry notes and found the aroma to be delicious!  Subsequently my husband and I enjoyed two more glasses a piece!  This would go well with a nice steak and we’ll be sure to have this as a regular choice off our wine rack.  Priced under $10/bottle it’s really an easy purchase to make.

Absolutely love the background story the vineyard created for this wine. Directly off the bottle…. 
“Legend has it… long ago, a farmer befriended a dragon using the creature to guard his crops from raiding poachers.  Flying overhead, the dragon would snap its jaws causing thieves to flee empty handed.  Upon the dragon’s demise, the farmer planted a vine over its majestic body, which in time grew into a vineyard.  Each harvest, the spirit of the dragon lives on inspiring the creation of these delicious wines!”