Wente Southern Hills Livermore Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $12.59-$16.99, 86 points, appeared an unusually bright purple/red with maroon flashes and a broad clear wine ring at the leggy glass wall.
The nose was subtle red raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry with a hint of leather.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, slightly astringent tannin, and flavors that mirrored the nose with a touch of tart pomegranate.
Finished okay on trailing red fruit, warm spice notes, and a well-integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Sirah, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc.
Though technically a Cabernet Sauvignon, this Southern Hills Livermore seemed more akin to a light red wine, and while Wente's web-site describes this wine as having flavors of plum and black cherry, for the life of me, I couldn't taste those at all.
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