The 2017 Leaping Horse Cab is one of those brands, a subset of the Obsession label. They make a handful of styles, including a California Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Tannat. Aging took place over only four months in new French oak barrels. Alcohol clocks in at 13.5% abv and the wine sells for about $9.
This very dark wine offers a jammy plum nose with oak spice and pencil lead. On the palate, there are black plums, currant, vanilla and tobacco. There's a very savory, and rustic, finish. I didn't have very high expectations for a nine-dollar Cab, but this one actually beats them. It's nothing to write home about, but that didn't stop me from posting here.
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