The Cabernet Sauvignon maintains the high standard set with the 2012, a wine that The Wine Enthusiast selected as one of it's Top 10 Wines under $10 last year. Hopefully their taste buds haven't changed, as the 2013 vintage continues the big, dark fruit, smooth texture, and delicious flavors as last vintage.
Nose: The wine starts with more tea and tobacco at first, but as it opens up, the big, dark fruit and cocoa notes rise up. A hint of eucalyptus and violets add a complex layer to the nose.
Mouth: The blackberry, dried cherry, and chocolate are dominant on the palate. The combination of French and American oak addsvanilla, toast and toffee notes, but the wood component is subtle. Then the eucalyptus and violets linger on the end.
The finish lasts forever with a wonderful cherry-blackberry pie character that make me want to bake an Alias Cabernet cake...possible?
The textures are big and wide, but still smooth. There is no astringency on the finish for me. No heavy tannins or heat, but it is a fat wine with plenty of grip. Manly, smooth...it's Billy Dee Williams