Domaine de Cabrials, Pays d’Oc IGP (Occitanie, France) Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

($12, HB Wine Merchants):  Unbelievable value!  That’s the best way to describe this Cabernet.  It displays a wonderful — and rare at this price — balance of dark fruit and savory olive-like flavors.  Wonderfully textured, it’s not flabby or soft.  It’s structured, but not aggressive.  By not overdoing it, they have resisted the temptation to try to make something grand or “important.”   What they have made is classic and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has a surprisingly long finish, complete with a hint of bitterness, for such a short price.  Buy it by the case and enjoy it this summer while grilling burgers, steaks, or leg of lamb.
91 Michael Apstein May 19, 2020