Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cupcake Central Coast 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon


Cupcake Central Coast 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $6.99-$10.99, 86 points, is a medium-bodied dry red wine, though there is a bit of sweet red cherry late palate and on the finish.
The color is a slightly cloudy ruby with a clear outer rim.
The spicy grape aroma dominates and is profuse throughout the tasting experience, but just a hint of rubber was a little unpleasant.
I found good acidity and the tannin is mild, but this is a rough Cabernet, almost sharp.
Overall, for 7 bucks, this is not a bad everyday table wine, but maybe too spicy, and lacking the traditional "mouth-feel" of a Cabernet, maybe unappreciated by some at the table.


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  1. Brendan (Market Basket)This is what I came-up with, and is only my opinion, but if I was looking for a Cab (found in NH) under $15, I'd pick, for $10.99, regularly $18.99:

    You will find this at the Derry NHLS near Hannafords, but here is all the listings for that wine:

    Wine Entusiast scores the Wine 87 points, but did like it, and there tasters are usually a lot tougher than I am.

    That's my recommendation for under $15! Keep in mind that, for example, that WE also scored 88 points for a bottle of $60 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon!

  2. Did you really go out and buy a dozen cupcakes just to use as props for your photo shoot? That's dedication right there!

    For some reason, the owners of the store I used to work for used to keep the shelves flush with offerings from Cupcake. I could understand that if you had a medium or large store and people coming in to shop that price range all the time. But it was a really small store with something like 100 offerings at any given time. Never could understand their devotion to this kind of low-end, mass-produced stuff.

  3. Bill, those cupcakes won't go to waste! Did you like the picture?
    Did you see John's article on the corks and Riunite lambrusco and how much of that wine is sold? I'm sure those little stores know a "mover" when they sell one. If you saw the size of the cupcake display at MB, you wouldn't believe it; it must have been 10 feet high and ten feet wide with several dozen cases of wines from cupcake. A week later it was half that size.
    It's not a bad wine, but I haven't yet had the chance to taste the PN.