In my quest to focus on wines from the other 46 states, I recently stumbled upon a Cabernet Sauvignon from North Carolina. What has become a weekly, and might I add expensive trip to Total Wine, I recently purchased the Biltmore Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m fortunate to have Total Wine close by with the selection, thus avoiding the shipping costs and hot, Florida temps. I opened the bottle up and let sit for about 2 hours. Not knowing what to expect, I figured I’d play it safe and let this breathe.
The bouquet was fairly tight, but opened slightly after a swirl, with blackberries. On the initial taste, light tannins and again, lots of black fruit. 13% alcohol. Unfortunately, one-dimensional and not overly complex. But if you’re looking for an easy to drink red, this could be a potential play. In summary, this North Carolina red didn’t wow, but I believe there is lots of potential to improve.