Original tasting and review : This is Castoro Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep black magenta, opaque right to the edge.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet ripe fruit, almost like a generic merlot. From the aroma, seems like this will be simple and fruity, but the higher alcohol level leads me to hope otherwise.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as suggested by the aromas. Easy, pizza cabernet with hints of tannins and fresh fruit. A mid palate that hovers and finishes clean. Doesn't show the alcohol level as anticipated, but also doesn't veer too far from a generic California grape.
In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for clean friendliness.
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