I might have a mild obsession with my slow cooker during the winter months. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about having a juicy, hearty roast that has been simmering for hours. It fills the entire house with the mouthwatering smell of deliciousness… Mmm! The other day, I needed something special to compliment the roast in my slow cooker. Something that could stand up to the herbs and flavorful meat. I needed a robust cabernet sauvignon. Luckily, the good people at Avalon had recently sent me one of their wines: Avalon California CAB Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.
Avalon California CAB Cabernet Sauvignon 2012($11.99)
A bright and vibrant wine of blueberries, cherries, and strong hints of vanilla. You can taste the toasted oak from the French and American barrels and spicy notes. A wonderful, full-bodied wine made from four California regions – Napa, Lodi, Paso Robles, and Monterey County. I very much enjoyed this bold, full-bodied wine and its long, smooth finish. It was the perfect accompaniment to my pot roast dinner. Other pairing suggestions: this wine would pair well with BBQ chicken or a spaghetti and meatballs. At roughly $12, Avalon California CAB Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is a great go-to cab.
Varietal composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Syrah 7% Zinfandel 4% Merlot
Aging: Eight months in French and American oak barrels
Avalon also sent me a brand new plant-based polymer cork made of sugar cane. They are not just for making crafts, you know. Avalon is the first winery in the United States to use this Nomacorc’s Select Bio closure. It sure changes things up in the wine corking industry. Take a look at my short video on this new cork and how corks are made.
Cheers! Salud! Sante!
Disclosure: I received a sample of Avalon California CAB Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for editorial purposes.