As you all know, I'm a sucker for marketing. And when I saw this Cupcake Vineyards bottle, my interest was piqued. So, I picked it up and noticed that it was from California's Central Coast. This bottle was getting better.
Then I saw it. Listed on the back. Livermore, CA.
Two of my favorite under-appreciated wine growing areas in California are the Santa Cruz Mountains and Livermore. Chances are, if I see a wine from there, I'm going to buy it.
So, needless to say this bottle of wine with the girly label and cute name was mine. Yeah, I traded in my Man Card to buy it.... but it was a worthwhile trade.
This 2006 Cabernet was good wine. It has a strong currant and fruit flavor that hits you the second you drink it, and it's finish is surprisingly dry -- which I typically don't like. However, this dry after-taste didn't last long; as soon as I noticed it, it began to fade.
My wife and I shared this bottle over Spaghetti Bolognese, and the bottle didn't stand a chance. This didn't taste like your typical Cabernet Sauvignon -- it lacked the spicy complexity that many have. However, it went down easy, and tasted pretty darn good.
If you're looking for a simple bottle of red that's relatively cheap and tastes good -- this is your bottle.
Price: $-$$ (Originally priced at $14, I got it on sale at Harris Teeter for $10)
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central CoastCupcake Vineyards