Cud-de-Sac Cabernet Sauvignon
California | Cul-de-Sac Wine Company.
I had a good laugh when I saw this one at Vineyard Wine Market. At first glance it looks like a French wine. Then it soaks in that the French on the label is Cul-De-Sac. The price was in the $3 range. I’m not sure what the exact cost was because I can’t find the detailed receipt. Based on the taste $3 something is about right.
I had to laugh when I thought of the only Cul-de-sac joke I know. When I was a photo-intern at the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot there was an ex-Navy photographer named Shelby Horatio Ringo aka Rocket Ringo. He earned the nickname after shooting off the ship like a rocket when granted shore leave. You could always count on him for two things: A constantly lit cigar (he said he started smoking cigars when he was serving on aircraft carriers in the Pacific during World War II. He said they kept his nose warm while on watch). The other fixture was a quick wit and a joke. “Did you hear about the Marine who thought cul-de-sac meant you had to send your girlfriend home.”
So tonight while cooking dinner, and waiting for the Apple Store to call about a Mini they are supposed to fix… they didn’t call … I opened the Cul-De-Sac. Immediately Mrs. Dan turned up her nose. “Koolaid.”
This wine has no vintage marked. It’s also the first time I’ve seen a return deposit marked on a wine bottle. If I haul this bottle to Maine I can get 15 cents or 5 cents from Iowa. I did a Google search and couldn’t find much more than a reference on one of wine sale sites and that didn’t even have a price.
This wine does not taste like a Cabernet Sauvignon or what I would recognize as a Cab. I would be willing to bet this is a blend which I’m free to say since the bottle has no indication. Whatever it’s blended with it’s a sweet grape. This wine has “Bronco Wine Company” written all over it. Funky shaped bottle, no vintage and a nebulous address of “Livermore and Ripon, CA.” Those towns are 40 mile apart.
The front label is kinda cute with a message “Friendship. Laughter, Skinned knees. Badminton on the lawn. BBQ on the deck. At Cu-de-Sac Wine Company, we raise a glass to good neighbors and good wines. “So on the front label they are “Cul-de-Sac Wine Company.” On the back label they are the “Cul-de-Sac Winery.”
Mrs. Dan poured what was left in her glass into mine and pulled out what was left of a bottle of Little Roo.
I waited a couple of hours after the first taste to see if the taste changes after breathing a bit. Instead of being sweet from start to finish the start is a bit more like a cab, some fruit, a hint of structure then it has a sweet finish. I taste cherries, but not dark cherries like most wines more like cherry Jello.
I tried it with some Irish Skellig cheese and it didn’t affect the flavor at all. I can’t say I love this wine but considering Mrs. Dan won’t drink it again I don’t think this one is a keeper. But on the bright side I spent less than $4 on this wine.
Cost: $3.99 or there abouts
Score: 2 Corks
Dan’s Rating System:
1 Cork: Don’t add it to the vinegar pot. You don’t want to make your mother go “yuck.”
2 Corks: Good for a one night stand but check your pockets before you leave.
3 Corks: Wish you had bought more than one.
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