Silverdale, WA 15.2% alc. (Purchased on 8/30/13)
This is a lot of money for me to spend on a GO bottle. Pours a deep, dark, inky purple with a ruby/garnet rim. What would you expect from a high alcohol, super ripe red from the warm Paso Robles climate? That’s what you get here! The nose shows highly perfumed, overripe, seriously plummy, jammy aromas with some black currant and tarry qualities. In the mouth, it’s thick and viscous, tarry and tannic, somewhat sweet from high alcohol, with more fruit than woody oak (though the oak is noticeable to me only in the mouth and not the nose). The flavors show dark plum, some cocoa and somewhat typical Paso cooked prune with a touch of espresso. Bitter finish that also leaves my mouth dry and puckery. I felt the need to run for my Chap-Stik when I finished my first glass.
This red is overblown and anything but subtle. For me it shows none of the qualities I enjoy most from even the most mediocre of Cabernets. Absolutely no finesse. Napa has nothing to worry about with this Cab. It tastes more like a huge Paso Zinfandel—and not a very good one at that.
I find it interesting that the winery website doesn’t even list a Rabbit Ridge Estate Cab Sauv. It shows only their Russell Family Vineyard Cab…at an even higher 15.5% alc. for $50.00 a bottle! Seriously tough match with food because it’s so overpowering. I checked the site for about four other red wines and all ranged between 15% and 16% alcohol. Whoa, Nelly!!!