Barrel Tasting of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Kathy and I went to Tin Lizzie Wineworks to taste our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. It has been in the Taransaud barrel for ten months and we wanted to check on how the wine is at this point. The first note was its color. The wine was a very dark ruby to black color. The opaque colored wine had a light ruby rim. I noticed cassis on the aroma and taste. I wasn’t sure of the cassis profile for a wine descriptor until our visit to France in July. I had the opportunity to taste several fruit wines made entirely out of cassis. Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon reminded me of cassis. There was also a hint of plum on the taste. The tannins were quite noticeable, expected after being in a new French oak barrel for ten months. The tannins were big, bold and chewy. It will be interesting to note how these tannins will change over the next year in the barrel.

At this point in the wine’s journey, it is showing great potential. The tannins will soften, hopefully the fruit will evolve and the wine will pick up some aromas and tastes of wood. Those were not very noticeable with perhaps just a hint of leather and licorice. We are pleased with our selection of a Taransaud barrel and looking forward to what another year in this barrel can do.


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