Richard Bruno 2017 Cab Sauv

Winery: Richard Bruno

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Paso Robles

State or country: California

Price: $24

ABV: 14.0%

Cases produced: N/A

The Barrel Cellar Score:  86 points

Review date: Feb 27, 2019

About the Winemaker:  By his own account, Richard Bruno has been making wine over the last 20 years.  He has previously been a wine maker for some well-known and established wineries.  He is now an independent wine maker with a small lot philosophy trying to develop his own brand.

Color:  Antique ruby

Nose:  Cranberry, strawberry jam, smoke, black olive

Taste:  Cherry, cranberry, plum, black pepper, and vanilla. Finish black pepper, currants, and oak.

Assessment:  At first glance, this Cabernet Sauvignon looks almost like a Pinot Noir; it’s light in color and body.  Looks can be deceiving – this wine is bold, jammy, and boasts an extensive flavor profile.  The tannic structure of this wine is pleasant, but I’d prefer if the acidity were dialed back.  Decanting the wine helped soften the acidity, but a year or two of aging wouldn’t hurt either.  I would not age the wine much beyond a couple of years.

The value on this offering is about right at $24.  I purchased this wine at a discount utilizing the same offer I have for you below, or you can buy a single bottle here.

Pairing recommendation:  Pair with a smoked soft cheese, a ribeye steak, or a pack of Rolos.

Richard Bruno 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a good wine.  86 points

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