2019 No Fine Print Cabernet Sauvignon
I'm normally not one to reach for California Cab, but when my friend Lindsey, who loves juicy, full bodied California reds, came in looking for a wine to enjoy that night with a steak dinner, we decided to pop and try one of these. We were both drawn to the cool label (not surprising considering the artistic background of the duo behind it- they manage musicians like Skrillex and Chance the Rapper) but were more impressed by this balanced, juicy, fruit driven wine. Bursting with red and black fruit and a little bit of spiciness (though more from the Syrah and Petite Sirah than from any oak), this wine has tons of freshness and a round, smooth texture that makes it easy to drink, with or without food. It's become one of my go-to recommendations in a style that many people are looking for. ~ Ryan Smith, Enoteca Direct
This versatile, energetic Cabernet is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Petite Sirah. While the Cabernet Sauvignon was raised for one year in neutral French oak, the Merlot and Petite Sirah were vinified separately in stainless steel. Almost all the fruit used is certified sustainable.
When we think of California Cabernet, we think of expensive wines that proudly punch you in the mouth with the amount of flavor they impart. But this wine is the type of domestic bottle you can drink every day. Easy drinking, with big dark fruit, smooth texture and plush mouthfeel and a finish of warm baking spices. It’s not too big, not too light, not too fruity, not too earthy... it’s just straight-up delicious wine and totally crushable. At 13.5% alcohol, it’s extremely versatile for food pairing.
About No Fine Print Wines
As its name implies, No Fine Print seeks to lead with honesty and conviviality. This is the ethos of a collaboration, brought together by music and food, meant to be enjoyed and shared among friends. The appealing package includes a hand-written label, no capsule, no frills – just wine. Music veterans Pat “The Manager” Corcoran and Tim Smith, managers of Chance The Rapper and Skrillex, respectively, have partnered with Ryan Arnold, Wine Director of Lettuce Entertain You, to launch this ambitious endeavor. The team has worked in concert with winemaker Trevor Sheehan, who has long possessed critical vineyard relationships in Lake County and Mendocino.