I’m generally a happy person and appreciate the little things in life, but recently I’ve been in a wine rut of sorts. My wife and I have hit a rocky patch of late with lots of “iffy” and “marginally acceptable” Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the under $15 category. In hopes of finding a cure for what’s been ailing us, I decided to pull the WineLife365 bus into California to find salvation in two youthful Cali Cabs: the 2008 Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99) and the 2008 Butterfield Station Cabernet Sauvignon ($9.99).
Unfortunately, on this night, the 2008 Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99) and the 2008 Butterfield Station Cabernet Sauvignon ($9.99) were not meant to be our rescuers from this rut.
Both Cabs possessed only a moderately pleasurable, single dimensional red cherry focus with very little of anything else displayed. In all fairness though, the 2008 Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99) was a tad more complex: it did showcase some milk chocolate notes that actually paired nicely with my Poor Man’s Chef dessert of sliced strawberries over top of a chewy chocolate chip cookie, drizzled with Hersey’s chocolate syrup.
Sadly, the 2008 Butterfield Station Cabernet Sauvignon (I hate to say it) narrowly escaped banishment to the WineLife365 basement.
2 Stars out of 4. My quest to quench continues. If you have any recommendations for a Cabernet Sauvignon, under $15, that will rock my world and make my taste buds holler – I’d love to hear about it!