2015 Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s really hard to find solid California Cabernet for under $15, but this wine hit the mark for me all around, and I think it’s a fantastic Costco buy if you see it in stores near you.
When I’m looking for a big red in this price range, I almost automatically gravitate towards Rioja, Chianti Classico or Rhone, all three of which are super dependable. I guess I’d add Bordeaux and Mendoza Malbec to that list although they can be a little more hit or miss.
But sometimes, it’s nice to find that good California red buy, a value bottle you can open anytime and truly enjoy. I grilled some fillet on the Green Egg to pair with it which was excellent.
Expressive nose of perfume, some mint bubble gum; medium plus in body, noticeably dry and chalky throughout which I really enjoy, and which is also perfect with the juicy steak.
Flavors were predominantly black cherry and black currant, some wild strawberry; slightly sweet but not too much; that touch of mint carries through to the finish, almost like the lingering taste of a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie in your mouth (it is that time of year).
I’m liking this wine more as I dig in. We’ve got a winner here. And a bonus that it’s made from organically grown grapes. Price online is closer to $25, so if you see this one for $15 at Costco, I’d start scooping them up.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 points
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