Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Wine Review

Wine name / label: Ravage
Varietal: Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah, 1% other reds)
Vintage: 2015
Appellation: California
Price: $12.99 regular price
Purchased for $10 – $11 at Sam’s Club
Availability: High, can get it at large chain supermarkets and wine shops.

Bottle opened July, 2017

BACKGROUND:

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and value of their Dark Red Blend that I have tasted before, I have been wanting to try their Cabernet Sauvignon, which I have found at local Sam’s Club that I shop at.

VINTAGE NOTES (from Ravage)

The 2015 vintage came in fast and early with loose clusters and small berries ripening rapidly in the heat. Solid canopies and low tonnage helped flavors come into balance, which resulted in concentrated wines that showed true Cabernet Sauvignon varietal characteristics.

WINEMAKER NOTES (from Ravage)

Flavors are dark, rich, and audacious. Dark berries layered with luscious vanilla and mocha to round out the palate. The tannins are soft enough to add balance, while giving structure and depth.

WINEMAKING

Aged 100% in new French oak
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah, 1% other reds
Alc: 13.5%

Sweetness:    3.25 out of 5, Between Off-dry and slightly sweet. The sweetness is only a strong hint / suggestion of sweet I suspect comes from yeast/bacteria and new French oak.
Acidity:          middle of the road 3 out of 5. Short burst of acid / sour crowded out by other big flavors
Tannin:         moderate tannin, 3 out of 5
Alcohol:         3 out of 5, mid-high 13.5% but taste higher closer to 14%
Body:                4.75 out of 5 very full bodied

Sight:

Dark, deep purple and black cherry.

Smell:

Primary Aromas: big bold black cherry and big bold bouquet of dark / purple flowers, violet, black pepper red bell peppers and dried herbs
Secondary Aromas:  noticeably yeasty and warm from winemaking.
Tertiary Aromas: from aging and controlled interaction with oxygen: smells relatively young but not too young. Very nice oak aging smell, heavyset but balanced and pleasant. Pipe tobacco leather cedar and nutmeg vanilla and baking spices. Has a real deep full bodied smell.

Taste:

moderately acidic, short burst of brighter acidity is immediately balanced out by the yeasty flavors as well as vanilla and cocoa nib and mocha. Throat gets pretty warm pretty quick, although the alcohol is rated moderately at 13.5%. Soft red fruit flavors more prominent and with some raspberry , ripe cranberry, and berry jam and black plum as well as black currant. Herbal flavors like black pepper, dried herbs like dill and violet, a bit of smoke. Fruit is mid-high but body is pretty full, as the other flavors of earth and oak and herbal qualities really take over the taste. Baked bread more yeasty/bacteria flavor than usual cabernet. It has a lot of warm baking spices and little bit of white pepper but they are mild and blends in well to the overall taste profile. Very strong suggestion of the new French oak the wine was aged in.

Quality: 4 out of 5          High quality.
Value: 4.5 out of 5.         Outstanding value for the money.

Summary:

Ravage 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (California) is big and bold, with moderate juicy fruit flavors and bold heavyset overall flavors with some major new oak overtone that will together that deliver a satisfying glass of wine. It’s as if there was a block party in the mouth and everyone was invited! It’s a significant achievement of value and quality combination for this price range as well as in general, and I gotta love the fact I purchased this bottle for $10 or $11 at a local Sam’s Club warehouse store. This is a good quality wine with clean new oak taste as well as other big bold flavors. Will fare well in a wine tasting party (maybe with some strong cheese) with friends or dinner with a juicy steak to pair with the wine.  This is an impressively high-value wine, perfect for those people appreciates a good tasting wine, that are cost conscious yet that are still quality oriented and won’t sacrifice too much of quality for cheaper cost.  Highly recommended for those who likes bold red wines, also recommended for fans of California wines in general.



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