Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon (93% Caberenet Sauvignon; 7% Syrah)
Region: California – Livermore Valley – USA
Cost: $15 (SRP)
Full bodied with aromas of berry. On the palate flavors of blackberry, plum, cassis, hints of dark chocolate and nutmeg. Subtle spices on a smooth finish. Pairs well with cheese or your favorite cut of beef.
Recommendations: I had been sitting on this bottle until I could get to the store for a good steak. It was worth the wait. Nice and bold, which is exactly what I wanted in a wine to pair with my steak this past weekend, the flavors of berry and cassis were most noticeable to me. I couldn’t get much beyond crushed berries on the nose as the alcohol aroma was a bit overwhelming, though it didn’t lessen a bit as the bottle continued to open up.
With my steak the blackberry flavors were a nice compliment to the meat, and the subtle spice on the finish went great with the grilled flavors. As with previous reviews of Concannon wines, my only real complaint with them is that they use these incredibly thick bottles that weight a ton. Beyond that, I continue to enjoy their selections and definitely recommend checking them out if you come across them. This is easily a great value for a quality steak wine.