2008 Liberte Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a guest post from Bob Dwyer of the The Wellesley Wine Press which, for those not familiar, covers “a consumer’s view on finding, enjoying, and sharing great wines at great prices” so as you can imagine we are often sharing tips! If you are interested in taking a look for yourself check out his value alerts or his latest hyper value finds.
2008 Liberte Cabernet SauvignonPrice: $9.99 @ Trader Joe’s in Framingham, MA

What They Said:

Per the bottle “With its elegant red huge and powerful palate this 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers an exceptional bouquet of blackberries, autumnal leaves and baking spices followed by opulent flavors of clove and marzipan. Serve with stuffed poblano peppers, roasted beet salad or tortilla soup with pressed Cuban sandwiches. Decant 15 to 30 minutes.”

What Bob Thinks:

A surprisingly hefty bottle with a raised label for a $9.99 California Cab. When I mentioned to the wine helmsman at Trader Joe’s that the label reminded me of the Chariot Gypsy he pointed out 3 or 4 other wines that have a similar looking woman on the label (Novella Synergy for example).

Deep dark red/burgundy in color. Not quite opaque but nearly. On the nose I get black pepper, deep black fruit and a little vegetal component I’d associate with Chilean reds blind. The mouthfeel is quite smooth initially, but on the backend I catch a little heat from alcohol with nice savory aromas lingering on in the glass. All in all a flavorful Paso Robles red priced on par with the amount of enjoyment it delivered.

Bob’s Rating: 12th Bottle
Thanks again to Bob for sharing this post. Have any of you had this wine? If so we would love to hear what you think in the comments below…

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11 thoughts on “2008 Liberte Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Really? Only a 12th bottle rating? Considering some of the other options in this and neighboring price points, this wine sticks out.  Three days ago, I posted a review of this wine and found it worth much more than ’rounding off a case’ rating.  What more would you have liked to have seen from this wine to have given it a ‘Buy It’ rating?  Did you use a decanter? That really opened both the nose and flavors of this wine up.  I felt it was a great ready-to-drink Cab worth having a few bottles around.  What do others think of this wine?

    • Hey Matt!

      Thanks for the comment. Great tasting notes on your site – I think I concur with your pre-decanted notes. If I recall I didn’t decant or aerate it but it evolved nicely in the glass which makes me think I’d like it more if I gave it more time and air one way or another.

      I guess I would have thought a little more highly of it if the green pepper/vegetal components weren’t present. If it were a Chilean wine I’d expect it, but for a CA Cab it wasn’t what I was looking for.

      Still, like I said, I might buy it again depending on what I was in the mood for. I just wouldn’t highly recommend everyone run out and buy a case of it necessarily.


  2. This is one of my favorite Cabernet’s that we carry. This same winery makes our Trader Joe’s reserve Syrah(also one of my favorites). If you like big jammy Cab’s, you’ll like this one. If I could afford 12 bottle and let a couple age a little I would.

  3. Thanks for the comments all! Perhaps I’ll give it a try!

    @Matt That 12th Bottle rating has always been a pain in my @ss. Thanks to your note I did go back and reword my description of it (which I share below) on my rating system page. Now just to come up with a new term altogether…

    12th Bottle:
    Sometimes a wine is good but not necessarily good enough to warrant buying again. After all there is a lot of wine out there to try! That said should the stars align this may find its way back into my glass. This usually happens when I am sitting there with 8 or 9 bottles in my cart and looking to round out the case. With that in mind the 12th Bottle designation has been born. That said it has long been a troubling one term and is likely in need of a makeover…

  4. Hey Bob! Nice to see you over in these parts.

    This label was designed by a design shop out of Paso Robles called Proof Wine Collective. They’ve done a lot of the Central Coast Wine Warehouse labels & the Sans Liege labels, among others. Really innovative and engaging work. I had a Sans Liege bottle at a restaurant the other day–the label was so cool I wanted to sneak the empty bottle out.

    Here’s a link to their web site. Check out their flicker feed in the “works” section. Cool stuff. http://www.proofwinecollective.com/index.html

    HT to Good Grape for posting an interview with them a while back.

  5. @Bob, thanks for the compliment! Glad you liked the notes. I just got a captain’s decanter, and this was the first wine used in it…wow, did it make a difference! If this were a Hustle Buy, I’d recommend grabbing a few, otherwise, I think it’s worthy of a sure grab at TJs.

    @JB, you still have TJs Reserve Syrah on your shelf?! That’s LONG gone here! Thankfully, I have a few bottles in the cellar:)

    @Jason – I know what you mean with the ratings! How do you describe a bottle you know is decent/good, but not one you necessarily stock up on since it (might be) available for the long haul. Not easy! That’s why I gave it the dual Worth-Buying/Buy-Half-A-Case rating. I believe many will think it’s a good wine, and perhaps worth having a few bottles around.

    Looking forward to what Angela and others have to say about this wine!

    • @Matt,Yeah I ordered a pallet of it because last years was so good. We are a slower store and I’m down to my last 3 cases plus a side stack. It’s one of my go to wines right now when I cant make up my mind.

  6. Hello everyone, : )

    We tried the ’08 last year when it came in and I have to say that compared to the amazing ’07, it was a little bit of a let down. All right for the price, but for a few bucks more I’d rather buy the Napa Mertiage.

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