The 2012 Legend of the Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 8% Petite Sirah sourced from vineyards in 95% the Central Coast AVA and 5% the North Coast AVA. The Legend of the Vine is one of Rosenblum Cellars and The WIne Bar, Inc. many wine brands. The 2012 wine vintage in California was one of the best in years, if you have your choice in vintages, it is usually a good bet to grab the 2012. This is an inexpensive Cabernet Sauvignon (in the $12 range) that has some oak barrel aging, it was aged for 11 months in 92% French oak and 8% American oak, with 75% of the barrels are new. You see that kind of oak aging with value priced South American Red wines, but it is fairly rare for American Brand wines. The alcohol content is 13.8%.
The color is dark black cherry red with an almost clear halo. The nose is dark fruit and brewing coffee, with a little spearmint gum. This is a medium bodied Cabernet with some excellent length to the flavors. The tastes of blackberry, Nestles Quik powder and Starbucks Venti Mocha. The mid palate adds tart raspberry, black pepper and a subdued hit of Altoid’s spice. The oak is well integrated, the tannins are smooth and the acidity is balanced. The finish is full and long.
The Legend of the Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a value priced Red wine that gives you a bit more than you were expecting.There is not a lot of depth to the flavors, but what is there is delicious and reasonably complex. I thought a relatively young wine (2012) that has a good amount of new oak aging, would be a fairly heavy wine, but the Legend of the Vine Cab has a light touch. Inexpensive, very drinkable with more complexity and length than expected, makes for a very solid value priced Cabernet Sauvignon.