Crush It!

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Don Sebastiani & Sons.

An entire line of wines name “The Crusher” showed up on my doorstep the other day.  The premise behind the wines is a low cost good value line that you can drink every day.  I have the whole line… Cabernet Sauvignon, the Viognier, the Petite Sirah, and the Chardonnay to tell you about in the next couple weeks.  Tonight I chose the 2007 The Crusher Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine had a plastic cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume and I see it available online for as little as $12.  The whole second label lower cost wine is an interesting phenomenon and I have a bunch of others to talk about in the upcoming weeks!

On the nose I found vanilla, cream, blackberries, brown sugar, caramel, and strawberry candy.  In the mouth I got flavors of maple syrup, caramel, bramble fruit, some blue fruit, brown sugar, coconut, and dusty baking chocolate.  The syrup was really prevalent to me, it tasted like real Vermonth maple syrup and pancakes.  So to me, this wine didn’t taste like Cabernet Sauvignon, it tasted like Syrah.  A pretty tasty Syrah, but not a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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4 Responses

  1. Please find a way to drink some Rhone Syrah… You’d never describe Syrah that way again! I nearly fell out of my chair when I read that…

  2. Great description… either way, this one doesn’t sound much like what I would expect in a Cab.

    Cheers!

  3. 🙂 Evan, I should clarify…it tasted like a new world Syrah!

    Yeah, Randy, definitely not Cab-like.

  4. […] In fact, I came across an instance of this sort of thing recently–not quite as extreme maybe, but it makes the point.  I was reading Sonadora’s blog, and she was reviewing a “Cabernet Sauvignon”.  So I don’t get this wrong, I’ll quote her directly:  “So to me, this wine didn’t taste like Cabernet Sauvignon, it tasted like Syrah.  A pretty tasty Syrah, but not a Cabernet Sauvignon.”  https://wannabewino.com/2009/06/28/crush-it/ […]

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