March 12, 2019

Viano Vineyards Private Stock Cabernet 2013

While the region of Contra Costa County is not as well known as nearby neighbours Napa or Sonoma, the Contra Costa AVA is a region that has vineyards dating back over a century. And this family estate has vineyards that date back to 1888 and looks to be in good hands in the current generation.  This easy going Cabernet sits well in a range of wines that covers bubbles, to Italian classics Zinfandel and Sangiovese, to late harvest Muscat. 

If you are after a fruity red that is rather more-ish and won’t break the budget, this should be on your list. It hits all the right cabernet notes, with an earthy, ripe cassis and plum fruit appeal with a touch of herb detail. Soft tannins and a rounded body make this a fun red.  

After six years in the bottle, it still requires some time to open up in the glass so don’t rush it. Let it sit for a good while, we found it better the next night. A wine like this matches a wide range of food, however, pizza would be a great start!  Or venison and borlotti bean casserole.

Quickie review «A plush and earthy Californian cabernet with ripe and soft plum and currant fruit with an easy going nature. Lots of fresh fruity appeal here.»

Country of Origin: Contra Costa County AVA, USA
Tasting Date: March 2019
Price:  US$9| UK£14
Drink: now
Needs food: no
Source: sample

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