Maker: 3 Blind Moose Cellars, Woodbridge, California
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Like the 3 Blind Moose Merlot we tried earlier, 3 Blind Moose Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 is packaged in a casual-looking bottle and sealed with a yellow artificial cork that is so bright it almost glows in the dark. The aroma is a mix of blackberry and licorice. The wine is fruit-forward, with cherry, blackberry, and some spicy oak that comes to the fore in the finish. This isn’t a big, complex cab, but it’s a straightforward crowd-pleasing style of wine that will fit in fine at casual events and cook-outs.
The winemaker’s website notes, “After the superb 2002 vintage, 2003 proved to be another fine year for Cabernet Sauvignon. After a cold, wet spring, the growing season was mild, with late-summer heats spells bringing the fruit to—well—fruition.” In our opinion, this wine has also been brought to a reasonabel degree of fruition. Fun label, fun cork, fun attitude, fun wine… 3 Blind Moose manages to keep the marketing in synch with the wine itself.