Last night my husband and I met a friend out for a couple of drinks to discuss whiskey distilling. We went to a charming bar that has a decent wine menu and a terrible wine by the glass list. Since we were only going to be out for a short amount of time, and I knew we had to stop at the market on our way home, I opted to take my chances ordering by the glass. Rather hesitantly I selected a glass of Beringer Stone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. Beringer is perhaps the best known name is Napa Valley, the vineyards consistently produce everything from cheap to everyday to high end, with a price point from $6-$150+ a bottle. Stone Cellars is Beringer’s inexpensive, accessible restaurant line.
Transparent, clear dark ruby in colour, a noncommittal aroma with vague traces of vanilla sat rather indifferently in my glass. Tart black cherry and concentrated black current flavours settled in the medium body. Spicy black pepper and hints of polished mineral elements occupied the moderate finish. Although a bit flat and generic, it was smooth and adequate, competently satisfying its purpose as a cheap, easy drinking, big-bottle restaurant Cab.
* I searched everywhere on the label for a vintage, but could not find one, nor could I confirm varietal percentage.
Vinted and Bottled by Stone Cellars, Napa
$12 [average price for 1.5 L]