Having recently been to the Cleveland Autoshow, it only seemed appropriate to check out a bottle of Stave & Steel Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon. Just like a car made of wood and metal, so are barrels, and in this case, it features prominently in the creation of this wine from Paso Robles.
Sight: Deep purple
Smell: Massive blackberries with hints of distilled malt. Touches of spice and wood with a lot of cigar. Fruity tobacco like smell.
Sip: Quite literally bourbon like. There’s a full-bodied character with a good amount of acidity and a strongly alcoholic identity in the background. Blackberries make it through, but there’s a spicy rye element mixing with hints of cigar and cedar.
Savor: The wood notes overwhelm the wine, and the texture ends up slightly hot and heavy. Tannins creep in and split a line between the cabernet grape and their fruity note, and a strong bourbon flavor.
Overall, Stave & Steel Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon is too strong on the barrel and not nearly wine-like enough. If you want toned-down, fruity bourbon, you might find something to like about Stave & Steel Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, but Cabernet Lovers will find this to be something of an abomination. Nothing about it refined, and the texture thanks to the bourbon is a huge miss. Overall, more gimmick than game changer.
Verdict: Alcohol, Bourbon, Spice, Rye, Blackberries
Paso Robles, California