Melody: This Castle Rock cabernet sauvignon has a cough syrup quality, maybe more postively referred to as cassis. This wine is not to my particular taste and I would not choose to purchase this wine a second time but it will be interesting to see what Tom thinks. On the positive side, it has a luscious mouthfeel. But, again, a bit too cloying for my taste.
Tom: This is a bone-dry, Old World-tasting red. In a blind tasting you would guess that it’s French. Certainly not the fruitiness of Australians and other New World wines. It would function as a good red French table wine. It has a slightly austere, slightly antiseptic quality (which is probably what Melody isn’t thrilled about). I think this wine would do better paired with food than on its own. I even think it would do well paired with something like chocolate; it has a big tannic taste that would stand up to it and complement it. The learning here for me is that California is totally capable of channeling typically French-tasting everyday table wines.