2014 Los Frailes Sinergia Cabernet Sauvignon
This is an interesting bottle that caught my eye. It’s a Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon from Valencia, Spain, made from organic grapes, it’s a 2014 vintage so it has a couple years in the bottle, with a 93 point Wine Enthusiast score and the price was right at $9.99.
I did a quick Google search to confirm the Wine Enthusiast score, and also noticed that the retail price on this wine is around $30. I’m interested. Valencia is known for a number of white varietals and the reds are primarily Monastrell, Bobal and Grenache, so I’m interested to taste 100% Cabernet wine from the area.
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The wine was a little funky initially on the pour, and I was glad to see it blow off after a 30 minute decant. The style here is a bit different; much more stone, gravel and earth than Cabernet from many other regions. There’s a good bit of acidity and grip to the wine.
Combination of red and dark fruit, full in body. After the wine matured, the finish got more complex with a touch of spice but before that it was a little weak.
Overall, I thought this wine was pretty good, not great. A fun buy for $10, but certainly not something I would like to find in the $30 range. For the adventurous red wine fans, and those who like the style of many Spanish reds, I’d recommend giving this one a go.
If juicy Napa reds are your fancy, this might be a bit rustic for your tastes. I’m glad I tried this one and am able to share it with you, but it’s not one that I plan to buy again.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 points
Costco item number: 1280486
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA