Monday, June 28, 2010

Haras de Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

This is another Costco wine that you can get right now for 15$. Normally, this would be something that I would pass over without a second thought, but Greg at the Cab Franco Files spoke very highly of this particular wine, and I trust his palate. Also, Haras is Sarah backwards, and she got a kick out of that. I wonder if there's some significance to that? Anyways, Sarah thought it was funny. The Haras features currants with tarry, smoky, rubbery, almost gamey scents, accompanied by ripe fruit and excellent balance. I like this wine. It's almost too much on the rubber (Pinotage, anyone?), but it's a good value, especially for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Definitely better than most of the California Cab that you can pick up for twice as much at Costco. B+/A-


CabFrancoPhile said...

Glad to see this one worked out well! The rubber is a bit out of control, isn't it? I think that's what was interesting about it. I haven't had many Pinotages, so I didn't make the association. I've heard of amusing descriptions like tire fire, though.

I kind of wonder what someone who's never had a stinky wine does when they buy a wine like this. The average Zin and Merlot drinker might not be ready for it. I'm acclimated to tar as well since it's always washing up on the beach here due to a permanent seepage from the ocean floor. Some days it's overpowering, actually.

Jeff said...

I haven't had that many Pinotages either, but the one thing that I remember from everyone was an overwhelming rubber smell. Not really a good thing. I've only had one that was decently expensive, but it was about 6 years ago, and it suffered from the same fate. Anyways, yeah, I do wonder what people think when they get a wine that's outside their comfort zone. I think most casual consumers probably drink something like this and are probably pretty "whatever" about it. Meaning they probably say in their internal dialogue with themselves "I don't like this, I should have bought the Kendall Jackson. At least I'm getting drunk!" Either that or they don't notice one way or the other since their palate is so desensitized and/or they don't pay attention to it. Same reason people think that McDonald's is "good" food. And then you have the freaks like us that like stinky stuff.