Tasting Notes: Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine was not part of the wine challenge, but we have somewhat of a stockpile of bottles, so I figured it was best to work on our inventory for a bit before buying more. I'll try to wrap up the 2015 challenge before the end of 2015 though. 

The Facts

  • Producer: Motto Wines
  • Region: California
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Where I purchased: Wine dinner at a local French bistro. It appears that they are sold in our local grocery store, Harris Teeter, as well. They have a "Find Wine" feature on their website to help you locate their distributors. 
  • Price: $15.00 on their website, but we were able to get it for $7.99 from the distributor that was at the dinner. Average price appears to be around $11.
  • Eyes: It is a very pretty red color. It's more of a cherry red color vs a deeper purple-y red that I sometimes find with bolder reds. Definitely not "opaque" like some of the red blends I've had. It makes me anticipate more fruity flavors and a more medium-body for a cabernet. 
  • Nose: Definitely fruit forward. Some deep red fruit like raspberry, but I also smelled a hint of spice. Didn't pick up too much probably because I had been cooking spaghetti sauce before and the garlic smell was overwhelming.  For future reference, I should probably taste my wine prior to cooking.
  • Mouth: I think the spice I was smelling was wishful thinking (I love spice), and I tasted more of a vanilla flavor. The wine was very smooth to drink with little tannin, which I find to be common in less expensive cabs. It was fruit forward, with some raspberry and maybe some cherry in there.
  • Thoughts: Another great choice for every day drinking! I would say it's very "drinkable", meaning it was easy for me to pour more than one glass. For the price, I was very pleasantly surprised with the good flavor in the wine. As I wrote my tasting notes here, I pulled up the wine's fact sheet to see how my notes compared to what the winery said. The first thing I noticed is that this is not 100% cab, which is actually quite normal.

    Fun fact: In the USA, in order to list the wine as one varietal, it must contain at least 80% of that grape.

    Anyway, this wine is actually 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot, 10% petit syrah. I think these other varietals added to the complexity of the flavor well. Their fact sheet also mentioned flavors like plum and caramel. Regardless of these details, I am chalking this up to a success and adding this to my every day list.