Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, no other winos were stirring, not even my spouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, includes those for the dogs with brown and black hair. I sat on the couch and sipped Cabernet while I reflected upon what had happened that day. Luckily the Llano was keeping me warm and this is a wine that can truly perform.
Name: Llano Estacado Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Llano Estacado
Alcohol by Vol.: 12.5%
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and if you think you you are going to get exactly what you want for Christmas.)
This isn’t the first wine that I have reviewed from Llano Estacado and it probably won’t be the last. They are local to Texas and I like to review as many local varietals as possible. I poured the wine and noticed the color. It looked pretty much like any other Cabernet. It had a very good clarity but there was nothing out of the ordinary. I took some time to smell the wine and was able to pick out some black cherry with some minor currant tones. It also had a slightly sweet smell that I wasn’t expecting from a Cabernet.
The tasting was a pleasant experience. I got the black cherry and currant but I also think that there were some plum flavors in there. Overall, it was pretty floral, not too dry, and had a very smooth, medium finish.
I suggest that you pop this one open if you have some game on the grill/smoker. Dove, deer, hogs, drifters…really, anything in its open season in Texas would be a great pairing.
Rating: Enjoy Again
Once again Llano delivers on providing a quality wine for under $15. The Viognier was solid and so is their Cabernet. If you have access to Texas wines, then I recommend adding this one to your shopping list.