I'm a bit constrained in my local selection of "Cartoon Wines" due to the fact that I live in (the republic) of Utah, which is a state-run alcohol monopoly. However, I did dig up Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon. I recently sampled both the 'Loon Shiraz & Viognier. At $8-9 these are both pretty good wines.
Smoking Loon (hence the whooh-cough-whooh) Cabernet Sauvignon, '03 ($8)
- From California
- Deep ruby red with a day-glo sheen. A very thin pink, watery rim (young wine!)
- It wasn't a fruit-bomb. Perhaps a fruit-bucket, but not a bomb. Simple scents of blackberry, vanilla (hello, Oak chips), and caramel-spice
- The flavor was almost all simple red-berry fruit. The wine is fairly light-bodied for a Cab. A very brief finish. Not quite enough Cabernet character in the mouth to sell me.
**.5 (2.5 stars out of 5)
This is a wine you can pop, sip, and forget about. There will be no lasting memories, good or bad. But hey; for eight bucks who cares?
Cheers to Lenn who invited me to post on WBW.