Maker: Frei Brothers Vineyards, Modesto, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
We were pleasantly surprised by Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, an inexpensive Cab from Frei Brothers. The aroma has raspberry, cherry, vanilla, and pepper notes. The wine is medium-bodied, with a relatively robust mix of berry flavors, light oak notes, and well-structured tannins. The finish is nicely extended and becomes a bit spicy as it lingers on the palate. Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is a great value if you are looking for a fruit-forward Cab that offers reasonable complexity and a good finish.
The Barely Legal Substance blog said of the 2003 vintage, ” Even though I tasted some berries, and lot of smoke, I remain unconvinced that this wine was anything other than a mediocre Led Zeppelin cover band.”
The Redwood Creek website emphasizes the outdoors, and is replete with slightly annoying bird call sounds that never stop. The site is heavy with Flash images, but offers some different features like “explorer profiles” of wine lovers with interesting outdoor resumes, and a “wine blending” section that suggests how one might mix multiple varietals to concoct a new flavor. It even has a way to send email invitations to a “fireside gathering. It seems like they are trying a bit too hard on the woodsy/outdoor theme, but the wine itself is definitely worth a try. They’ve got three other reds, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.