Varietal: Â Cabernet Sauvignon
Region:Â Â Virginia – USA
Cost:Â Â $20
Hints of blackberry make this light to medium-bodied wine easy on the palate. Â A solid finish is marked by hints of pepper that are more reminiscent of Cabernet Franc than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Recommendation:Â Â When I first came across Vino Curioso last year, this quickly became one of my favorite wines. Â Their Snake’s Den Cabernet Sauvignon pays homage to the Cabernet Franc grape that is the staple of Virginia wineries, shying away from the fruit-forward stylings of the Cabernets of the West Coast. Â A very lightly colored red, there is a surprising amount of flavor. Â Smooth blackberry flavors are complimented by the surprising hint of pepper at the finish, making this wine perfect for enjoying with food or by itself. Â If you’re a fan of California Cabernet Sauvignon, the Snake’s Den probably isn’t going to be a good fit for you, but if you’re a bit fan of Cabernet Franc, but are in the market for something with less pepper on the finish, this could be the perfect wine for you.