Original tasting and review : This is Bear Hug Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2013, finished at 13.2% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in August, 2015.
In the glass: Deep magenta.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright cherry with some oak. From the aroma, seems like this will be fairly generic but easy going.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mouth-filling, aromatic with violets, red cherry and soft blackberries. Soft oak surround. Finish builds and fades quickly, bringing a nice clean wash of fruit. Light tannins and acids.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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