Wine Maker: Scott Peterson
Wine Name/Vineyard: Rumpus
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle size: 750 ml
Region: Central Coast
State or country: California
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 87 points
Review date: October 20, 2020
About the Winemaker: Winemaker Scott Peterson produced this wine for Naked Wines. Prior to producing his own wines, he was producing wine at California’s Kendall Jackson. Scott has taken advantage of the opportunity to produce wine under his own label and is producing a variety of well received wines.
Color: Deep Purple
Nose: Strawberry, cranberry, and oak.
Taste: Cherry, apple skin, and eucalyptus, cinnamon on the finish
Assessment: Rumpus is a nice surprise. There is some nice character in the bottle, considering the wine is priced at $11.99. Rumpus has bright acidity and red berry notes, balanced nicely with soft tannins. It’s full bodied and has some pleasing notes of cinnamon on the finish. The bottle did need an hour or so to decant before opening up, but once it did, I found it to be quite enjoyable. Will this win a blind tasting next to some of California’s big boy cabs? Probably not, but it does certainly overshadow its similarly priced competitors.
Ready to drink now (decant); will age well for another 1-2 years.
Rumpus 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a good wine. 87 points.
Pairing recommendation: Well ripened golden delicious apple, aged Gouda, Duck Confit.