Sunday, January 2, 2011

Rating: *** $ (Practically Free) Five Oaks Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, California, NV - Wine Review (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Five Oaks Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, California, non-vintage, finished at 12.% alcohol.  It is "practically free", because you could almost buy three of these and still be within our definition of a "one $" value-priced wine.  Because of that, I'll also call this a "take one for the team" experience. 

In the glass: Five Oaks cab is appropriately shy of color, bright ruby, like a light pinot noir. 

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, this ultra-bargain Cali cab shows a fruity nose: light cherries and berries with a slight grape-candy note.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a richer, rounder, lusher mouthfeel than I ever would have expected from the color or aroma.  Think of a clean, sweet, mineral glaze with blackberry drizzled on it for a hint of flavor.  The finish brings a slight note of sweet strawberries and raspberries.  

In summary: Overall, this rates a surprising three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  It offers no challenge, layers or complexity - only pleasure.  And though I wouldn't come rushing back to it, I would come back to it, both surprising and delighting me.  For practically the price of a "Three Buck Chuck", this is kinda hard to beat as a entry-level best value.

Following long decant, a week kept cool under vacuum in partially-filled bottle:  Even more grape juice on the nose.  Now the palate has a candy fruit style too, with a bit of sparkle.

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  1. I found a bottle of this in my wine rack and loved it! The problem is, I have no idea if/when I bought it or if it was brought at some point by someone else. I'm looking all over trying to find where one can buy it in a store. Tried both Ralph's and Vons without any luck. Can't find a website for the winery either.

  2. They sell it at Rite Aid believe it or not! Used to be as cheap as 3 bottles for $9, and the Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio are also great for this price!

  3. My husband and I belong to several winery clubs however. .......Five Oaks at $3.99 a bottle from Rite Aid is yes......practically free. We love the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir!