Sagelands 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is an all-around favorite at my place. I’ve purchased it three times since right before Christmas. I’ve also given it as a hostess gift and it was very well received. This wine retails between $8 and $12 and can be found at many regular supermarkets here in the PNW as it’s a Columbia Valley wine. If you liked the idea of the softness of the 14 Hands Merlot but wanted something with a little more acid, tannin, and depth but with a very soft quality, this is the wine for you.
Sagelands 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon comes in at 13.3% alcohol. Cabernet is the main focus at 80%, but there is a top off of Merlot at 20%. The wine was aged in a combination of oaks, 30% was new oak with 70% neutral oak, from American and French barrels. Even though much of the aging was done in neutral oak, it doesn’t mean there isn’t oak or vanilla that is perceptible. It’s just the right amount. We aerated the wine with our trusty Vinturi and used Reidel Cabernet glasses for tasting. We chilled the wine to about 55 degrees. The wine is a lovely deep violet. When the bottle was opened we got a nice melange of fruit!
Photo from our second tasting in a stemless glass!
Sagelands 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has a very fruity nose. Cherry and blackberry are the predominate odors, backed by currant and blueberry. You can also detect vanilla, a whole spice box, chocolate, and a bouquet of violets and roses. It tastes like it smells with a hint of minerality and earthiness, almost like a black truffle. The vanilla and an almost cognac flavor come into the finish to round out the dried fruit, spices, and florals. The tannins are evident, but they are rounded and fine. The acid is on the higher side of medium, making it perfect for fatty cuts of red meat like a rib eye steak. We actually drank this wine by itself and with chocolate. It was great in both ways. The wine has a good mouthfeel and it’s got enough structure to drink it in a few years too.
Overall, this a great value and if I’d tasted it blind I’d have assumed the wine would have been in the $30+ range. I’m pretty sure I would have pegged the blend correctly, as its evident that’s it’s not 100% Cabernet. Using the proper stemware and the Vinturi, I feel a safe rating this wine somewhere in the 90 – 92 category. In generic glasses, it still showed well at about 88 points. I’ve had few of Sagelands other offerings too and whoever is making this wine is making high-quality juice at an excellent value!
Have you tried the Sagelands 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon? Let us know what you think!