Sierra Batuco

Casto Oaks

Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

It is time for my Friday's Cabernet fix! This time it is a very nice one from California.

Dark ruby/ purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, sweet cherries, raisins, licorice, vanilla, oak, eucalyptus, mint, leather, earth, graphite, spices and peppercorn.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, leather, beef jerky, light vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with angular tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California. Showing lots of black fruits and spices. Not fully balanced yet, as it is still too young, but already drinking wonderfully. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel with nice structure.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and bring out its complexity and tannins. Only after 3 hours, the tannins calm down and tangy cherries come in on the palate.

What a wonderful evolution with time this is showing. At the beginning, it taste like a California Cabernet and it moves on after a few hours to taste like a Napa Merlot. I love these kind of wines.

Needs a few more years in the bottle to mature and balance itself out. Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food.

This is a big wine that will pair well with BBQ Meats. I paired it with hard and soft cheeses and crackers.


This is a Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 4 days ago

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Wow, a 91 from Odedi is like an 11 right? Must be good. 🍷😁

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