2007 Rio Vaca Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Rio Vaca Cabernet SauvignonPrice: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the bottle “Our Rio Vaca estate vineyard is planted alongside the Vaca Mountains just twenty miles east of California‚Äôs most renowned wine growing region. Vaca Small Lot Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is classically structured, full bodied and exudes dark currant and ripe blackberry flavors. 14-months aging in small French and American oak barrels adds layers of spice and imparts a long, supple finish.”

What I Think:

Yesterday I covered the Chardonnay from this winery which I was surprisingly a fan of. I also covered off on the back story of Rio Vaca Vineyards or what I could find of it there. So with those bases covered what do you say we just jump right into their Cabernet offering. Well alrighty then…

Dark, dense in color this shows leafy currants on a dry tannic nose. The palate starts juicy loaded with blueberries (with a slight mineral tinge) before a nice acidity emerges on the mid-palate. From there creamy, vanilla flavors come to the fore before drying out to cheek grabbing tannins which linger on a short finish. Definitely a whole lot of barrel going on here but its well done. Comforting and familiar like a warm blanket. Now I could certainly pick this apart (perhaps thin and a bit hot) but my opinion is that at $6 few will be disappointed by this wine. Furthermore I think it has a chance to pleasantly surprise even more!

Rating: Buy It

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9 thoughts on “2007 Rio Vaca Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. So glad you liked those Vaca wines…blind tasting at the store with 3 Cabs. and it came out on top. Unfortunately the Cab is Out of Stock (at least in So Ca.). Have you given the Benefactor a shot? For $4.99 it too is a pretty good “table wine” and the label and write up on the back are pretty funny. Also the Cocobon Table wine ($6.99) is pretty yummy but it for sure needs at least a 30 min breathe time…simply horrible right out of the bottle. Try the Trader Joe’s Reserve Cab.out of Alexander Valley…a bit steep for my budget at $9.99 but it was pretty darn good as well.

  2. Did some damage at TJs today: the Vaca is on an end-cap and not much Cab left, but I stocked up on both. I’m enjoying the Chardonnay (love me some oak and the French’ish and buttery flavor) and hubby is into the Cab. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Vaca CS was an excellent wine. It was no secret as both Santa Rosa stores are out.

    A new arrival…excellent value…Reves Priorato Spanish Red. carignan, syrah,garnach blend. rich, smooth, nice elegant finish. $9.99 price tag.

    Dynamic Red is back…be prepared for the freshly fertilized vineyard aroma…and the taste is much like the nose, in my opinion. That said, there are many biodynamic fans out there and will drink this for that reason. Not my style.

    Happy Friday Jason!

  4. I guess I’m in the minority, but I found it to have strange of putting odor. Once I got past thatI found it drinkable.

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