Staff Selections • Bill McCleary
Seasonal Pick 2023
Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
(California, USA )
Of the hundreds of red wines available to us today, I still come back to California Cabernet Sauvignon for its robust flavors and dynamic character. Nothing beats it when paired with roasted or grilled beef cuts. 2023 marks the 140th anniversary of Wente Vineyards in the Livermore Valley of California. Still family owned and certified sustainable, these folks have been winemakers for a long time. I like their affordable and drinkable wines. This Southern Hills Cabernet is a delicious example of wine well-made. It showcases a spectrum of blackberry, cassis, and cola, layered with toasty oak flavors of nutmeg and ginger. Aged for 12 months before release. Cabernet Sauvignon (81%) dominates the body and firmness of the wine. Composition is complete with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Syrah. It all adds up to a complex taste that is charming and mouth-watering! Enjoy this Cab during the holidays with your favorite family roasts and stews.