Stonebarn Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is a California wine. It has been a very long time indeed since I wrote about a wine from California, as I had been overwhelmed over the years by the incredible new world wines – what I define as new world could be different from the wine lingo, I generally mean wines from South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and some from Australia.

As my readers know, I am a “value” wine drinker, and am not taken in by expensive wines which I cannot afford as well. Several of my friends who are wine aficionados focus on the mid to higher end of the range, which sets you back by an average of SGD 50, and at the max could cost as much as SGD 200. I am clearly not in that range, as I belong to the socialistic class of wine drinkers (generally socialists do not drink wines but other stuff) who is more interested in wines which could be afforded by the middle class. So in my lexicon of value wines, I typically pay an average of SGD 20 for what I consider as a good wine and a maximum of SGD 35 for what I consider as very good wines. This does not mean that I have not tried the very expensive wines in parties; I did experience some fabulous wines which do justify their outlandish prices either by vintage or their outstanding quality – they are all rated above 95 on the Parker scale anyway.

When I found my type of socialistically priced average class wine from California with some decent reviews, I went for it, and that is the Stonebarn Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. This is a good fruity wine (the sort I usually like), with the delivery of a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon to the palate which I relished. Aromas of vanilla and to a certain extent, blackberry, can be detected. The flavours that I could figure out were plums and cherries, but it was hard to distinguish the fruity flavours emanating when you concentrate on the total combined effect. This wine comes from the Delicato Family Vineyards of California which produces a wide range of wines and I chanced upon the “Elvis The King of Rock & Roll Cabernet Sauvignon” in their range which I have tasted before.

Excellent value for money (could always be better), and recommended drink for value wine connoisseurs. California is back in my game (of course, I hear people shouting “it was never out of the game”).

Enjoy your wines responsibly and do not drink & drive. Wines make you more elated than a simple beer or two, so watch out.


Vijay Srinivasan

11th March 2017



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