The Paring

Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.0300 ratings
8.920 pro ratings
California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Lance E. Farman

Good. Way too young

Good. Way too young

Nov 28th, 2017
Jayme Henderson-Steese

Awesome for the price-point. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, PV, and Cabernet Franc blend with good structure, chalky, velvety tannins. #2011 #redblend #cabernetsauvignon #theparing #california

Awesome for the price-point. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, PV, and Cabernet Franc blend with good structure, chalky, velvety tannins. #2011 #redblend #cabernetsauvignon #theparing #california

3 people found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2015
Matt Halvorson

Tight tannins, acidic, black fruit, Rhone blend

Tight tannins, acidic, black fruit, Rhone blend

1 person found it helpfulDec 28th, 2015
Taddy mac

The Pick of the litter of wines I am showing off this week...an affordable Bordeaux-based blend with some clear California notes. Twenty-two months oak, 55% new but by no means "oaky"...Tends towards the darker fruits, a pleasure to drink and I suspect it will be for some time to come...

The Pick of the litter of wines I am showing off this week...an affordable Bordeaux-based blend with some clear California notes. Twenty-two months oak, 55% new but by no means "oaky"...Tends towards the darker fruits, a pleasure to drink and I suspect it will be for some time to come...

1 person found it helpfulOct 13th, 2015
Josh Lavis

Fine Wine Consultant The Country Vintner, member of The Winebow Group

9.3

Really dig this wine. Tons of dark fruit, weight and just the right balance of tannin and acid. As the name suggests great with food.

Really dig this wine. Tons of dark fruit, weight and just the right balance of tannin and acid. As the name suggests great with food.

1 person found it helpfulDec 13th, 2014
Aaron Means

Awesome QPR!!!

Awesome QPR!!!

May 6th, 2017
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9.2

The 2012 Red Wine is superb. Supple, radiant and expressive, the 2012 graces the palate with exquisite dark fruit, mocha, plums, spices, raspberry jam and dark spices. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this supremely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon-based red. The 2012 Red Wine is easily one of the very best values readers will find in California. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous)

The 2012 Red Wine is superb. Supple, radiant and expressive, the 2012 graces the palate with exquisite dark fruit, mocha, plums, spices, raspberry jam and dark spices. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this supremely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon-based red. The 2012 Red Wine is easily one of the very best values readers will find in California. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous)

Dec 28th, 2016
Tom Casagrande

I am reflexively prejudiced against California Cabs that aren't from Napa or Sonoma, especially those from anywhere south of Santa Cruz, cbut this is pretty good. Better than the last bottle I had. Nose has rich cassis and dark blackberry, and lots of graphite and dark minerals. Dark and tannic on the palate, but this seems like it just needs a few more years to round into shape.

I am reflexively prejudiced against California Cabs that aren't from Napa or Sonoma, especially those from anywhere south of Santa Cruz, cbut this is pretty good. Better than the last bottle I had. Nose has rich cassis and dark blackberry, and lots of graphite and dark minerals. Dark and tannic on the palate, but this seems like it just needs a few more years to round into shape.

Sep 2nd, 2016
Zach Cherry

Account Manager Worldwide Wine & Spirits

8.9

Decent blend for the 20ish range. Had the '12. Deece.

Decent blend for the 20ish range. Had the '12. Deece.

Aug 29th, 2016
Tom Casagrande

2012 "The Paring" Bordeaux blend from Santa Barbara County. Very open, rich, and friendly. Deep dark berries and lots -- a bit too much for me -- of dark chocolate. A little too one dimensional on its own, but I think it will be nice with the chicken gumbo that's simmering right now. NIGHT 2: The chocolate thing has toned down and a bit more mineral, herbal, and fruit notes are present. Bumping it from 8.7 to 8.8. Decant this well ahead of time to avoid chocolate monochromality.

2012 "The Paring" Bordeaux blend from Santa Barbara County. Very open, rich, and friendly. Deep dark berries and lots -- a bit too much for me -- of dark chocolate. A little too one dimensional on its own, but I think it will be nice with the chicken gumbo that's simmering right now. NIGHT 2: The chocolate thing has toned down and a bit more mineral, herbal, and fruit notes are present. Bumping it from 8.7 to 8.8. Decant this well ahead of time to avoid chocolate monochromality.

Feb 28th, 2016