Maker: Bohemian Highway Wines, St. Helena, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
Bohemian Highway Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 shares many characteristics with its fellow varietal, Bohemian Highway Merlot 2004. It has the same funky label and the same fruity, juicy flavor. We found Even the slightly smoky aroma is similar. And, as with the Merlot, letting this Cab breathe took the edge off the sweetness and slightly improved the balance and complexity; in fact, tasting on the second day (saved in the bottle without argon) was actually even better. In this one, the flavor was dominated by cherry and strawberry notes, with a hint of white chocolate, and finishing with soft tannins.
Despite the very similar nature of the two wines, we rated this one a bit lower as we found it rather lacking in varietal character. Having said that, it’s an equally gulpable, highly accessible wine that will no doubt appeal to many wine drinkers. It’s definitely at the fruitier, sweeter end of the spectrum. Bohemian Highway Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 may disappoint those looking for a big, complex Cab, but may work well for those wine drinkers who gravitate toward less dry whites and want to try a red that won’t have much of a pucker factor.