Monday, February 06, 2006

Searidge Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 wine review by (PB)

This “bargain bin” wine which was bought for $5 actually has varietal characteristics. I tasted this wine blind against another Cabernet Sauvignon and picked it from the other one. Based on what? Based on the price of each wine. The other one was a $2.99 grab as a “what the heck” let’s see if its even palatable. More on that wine after this entry...

This wine actually has some pleasant–relatively speaking–aromas that are a bit fragrant and vegetal with some fruit to accompany it. In the mouth there is a hint of vanilla and a remote hint of cherry. First impression is tart, shallow and not much there. With some air, there is a suggestion of strawberries and a touch of chocolate and then zippo–nada.

Still, for this price. It is better than many wine I have had for significantly more. Raise a glass–but not of this.

7 Comments:

At 8:54 PM permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My initial taste suggested that the Charles Shaw label had been relabeled Searidge, but upon another glass, and, C.S. is still tops at half the price.

 
At 8:37 PM permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently had a Sea Ridge red wine, didn't notice the year, and immediately liked it. Although I have tried, I have otherwise not been able to acquire much of a taste for regular wine sipping throughout my life. So this was a nice surprise for me! My guest at the time, who does like wine, before I even remarked, immediately said she liked it, and wanted to know what it was.

 
At 10:28 PM permalink, Anonymous d.c. mentzer said...

My girlfriend and I had stumbled across this label about a year ago now. Safeway, curiously enough, is the only place i find it localy in Spokane. Truly matches any 10-15 bottle ive had. Particular fave is the White Zin

 
At 4:11 PM permalink, Anonymous WineSteward said...

You can only find it in Safeway cuz it's a Safeway brand, just like Firefly Ridge. They introduced it to be a two buck chuck competitor. I think it works for that.

 
At 8:15 AM permalink, Blogger island girl said...

Sea Ridge 2007 Merlot is available at WalMart in North Carolina. It is a lovely Merlot!
Another bargain is Winking Owl - a light and fruity white - available at Aldi stores in states where wine is available at the grocery.

 
At 11:07 PM permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole Safeway thing is funny as that’s the only place we can get it here in Woodbridge Va. My wife and I get it for $4.99 and if you buy 6 or more you get 10% off. Needless to say, we split the recycling bins up on the street. Don’t want to be "those people"

 
At 4:14 PM permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really?? As for me, I bought mine at Trader Joe's along with my 2 buck Chuck. Now I don't know if they carry Safeway brands, I rather doubt it, however, I defer to your undoubtedly superior knowledge. Thanks for listening.

 

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