Sly Dog Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Sly Dog Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Sly Dog Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
T his is a 2005 so this might be my own fault. But I’m not sure. It showed up in the wine rack probably 6 months to a year ago. It was a cheap buy at Walmart or it came in one of those WineWoot gift packages. You know, the packages were you get a couple of good wines and at least one dog. If that’s the case, this one was the dog and a sly one at that.

I don’t really have many wines that are 6 years or more old. (unless you count the bottle of Pat Paulsen Refrigerator White from 1986) I suspect that this wine should have been drunk about 3 years ago and since I didn’t have it 3 years ago I got taken… or someone did because like I said, I don’t know if I bought it or it got gifted.

I just visited their website and the 2005 Cab has top billing. “This 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet with aromas of dried raspberry, rose petals, wild cherry, and cassis On the palate, red raspberry dominates followed by flavors of currant and a hint of anise, with subtle vanilla and cracked white pepper on the finish.”

[quote type=”center”] This wine has no personality…. I dated some guys like that.-Mrs. Dan [/quote]

I tasted none of that. It was a bit sour. Very bland. Mrs. Dan said “this wine has no personality…. I dated some guys like that.”

Hmmmm. I’m drinking a wine that tastes like one of my wife’s old dates. That’s not saying much. I just have to hope she wasn’t including me in that assessment.

I can’t see where they have released a vintage newer than 2005. Their website gets redirected to Artisan Family Wines. Good luck with that suggested retail price of $14.99.

So, a mystery. How does a Red Hills/Lake Country Cab bottled in Napa Valley by a winemaker with 30 years experience come to Augusta and well, taste bad. I tried to see if it needed to breath. I decanted about half of it in an old Augusta Golf Association decanter I bought at an estate sale for $1. Didn’t help. I tried it with some meat both lean and fatty. Nope. Tried it with some cheese. Nope.

Well I know if I bought it I paid less than $10 for it and if it came in with a wine package then it cost me nothing. But I had to stop what I was doing and open another bottle of something else to keep Mrs. Dan happy. Maybe this is a good wine and the one I got was shipped on a hot truck in the middle of July.

Photographing the bottle was a pain. It is has gold lettering printed directly on the bottle. Much of the lettering on the back had worn off. All that shiny gold lettering against a shiny bottle make for lots of reflections.

Next time I see this puppy on sale I’ll keep walking.

From: Red Hills (Lake County), California
Winery: Sly Dog Cellars
Cost: $10 or under (I think)
Year: 2005

Score: 1 Cork
Dan’s Rating System:

1 Cork: Open something else.
2 Corks: Share it with the In-Laws
3 Corks: Don’t share it with anyone and keep it for yourself.

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