Maker: Harlow Ridge Winery, Napa, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvginon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Harlow Ridge Coastal Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Lodi) has a nice aroma of ripe blackberries, leather, cinnamon, and smoky oak. The flavor has juicy berry notes, with quite a bit of oak leading to a black pepper finish. It’s a masculine sort of wine, and it’s not bad for a sub-$10 wine.
Apparently, Harlow Ridge Winery is another Fred Franzia venture, formed after his Napa Ridge Winery was found to be violating appellation rules by using grapes from outside Napa Valley. (See Two Buck Chuck creator ups the ante in wine feud.) This is one of the better Franzia wines we’ve tasted – it definitely beats the Two Buck Chuck cab. If you don’t happen to consider Fred Franzia as the devil incarnate (as many California winemakers seem to), try out Harlow Ridge Coastal Vines Cabernet Sauvignon. You may be surprised.