California Square Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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We admire endeavors that think outside the box. In choosing a product that bucks the system you may find an unexpected treasure. It’s this mentality that inspires us to select the unusual square bottle of California Square Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles.

The California Square website touts “shaking up the common preconceptions of what wine should look like in a way the not only makes sense, but changes the old, stodgy, “square” looking wine bottles into something hip and cool.” The website further points out that a square bottle is greener and more efficient in its packing, shipping, and storage. The skeptic in us wonders if this is an excuse for a gimmicky bottle.

Paso Robles is an AVA located in San Luis Obispo County, California is known for Zinfandel but has gained recognition for Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other grape varietals. The 2012 Cab we are tasting is blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

As soon as the wine meets the glass, we note the fruit-forward character. Aromas of currants and blackberry abound, followed by an earthy, herbal essence. The palate consists of slightly under-ripe plum and just a hint of licorice. The juicy fruits continue on to a medium finish. Overall, this Cab’s lighter body and fruit dominance give it a “young” quality. Although the blending of Merlot and Cab Franc provide a bit of varietal complexity, there is a lack of oak, vanilla and spice that can often create the subtle layers of a good Cab.

Suggested retail price is $20, but we see California Square wines from Total Wine online for $15.

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