Hames Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Central Coast, CA; 13.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 8 June

HamesCreek_2012_CabSauvI usually pass on somewhat generic-looking California Cabernets like this, but another customer recommended it.  Given its high recommendation, I was disappointed.

On the first night, it showed rather simple, ripe bing cherry fruit followed by the artificial vanilla and cooked rhubarb (which may or may not be from American Oak) that I dislike.  Although it’s not in any way flawed, I did not like it at all.

On the second night, the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle of this wine was better.  The cherry and vanillin / rhubarb flavors were better integrated, and the fruit was less fresh and more, well, wine-like.  Still, it was hardly exciting.

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3 thoughts on “Hames Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Happybaker

    I did have that winery’s Chardonnay – and liked it very much. Can’t remember if it was the 2012 or the 2013, but purchased at the Sun Valley GO for $3.99. Dry with a touch of smoke.

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  2. Joe

    I really like it. I have the Hames Creek 2012 Central Coast. It has some excellent qualities for a decent Cab, very smooth and pretty full flavored. I hope I can find more.

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  3. Darrell

    I noticed several Greenfield wineries coming through GO which the Hames Creek is just one of them. Don’t remember the appellation of the wines, just the winery location.

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