A new bottling I saw at Trader Joe’s last week. I’m drinking this with some pulled pork.
Caretaker Cabernet Sauvignon (2011) Paso Robles, California – $12
Aroma: lots of red fruit – cranberry, cherry, red currant.
Taste: definitely on the red fruit side – loads and loads of cherry, with some kirsch (cherry brandy) notes as well. Not terribly tannic, but has a little black pepper towards the finish. This develops some more spice and earth notes, including anise and tea, as it opens up.
A good pairing choice, as it turns out. This is softer and more complicated than the usual California Cab fruit-bomb, and bears looking in to. I’ll buy a few more bottles to cellar for a 2-3 years.