Wine Briefs: Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Score another for Michael David Winery. As I’m sure you can tell from the previous post, this one was on my radar as well. While on vacation last week in West Virginia, we went to a combination gallery/shop of local artisans’ work and wine shop recommended to us by a local park ranger.

Another gem from the banner 2012 vintage in California, this one had a nose of deep black fruit including plum and currants, and obvious but not overpowering oak. The palate continued the deep black fruit and oak notes, with the addition of tobacco and cigar-box nods as well. Smooth but firm tannins and acidity were there but everything was well-balanced and this could last at least 5 years, if not more.  It was very tasty and went over well with the pulled pork and ribs of our authentic southern feast. Parker gave it 90 points, and I’m on board with that. My family enjoyed it as well, and it didn’t last past dinner, as any good wine shouldn’t.

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