Happy New Year my fellow wine drinkers!
Since the official onslaught of the holidays, which according to retail stores started before the sun set on Halloween, I have been attempting to keep my normal wine tasting schedule, but with parties where I was sipping delicious family vineyard wines and gifts of wine being offered, my wine drinking was kicked up a notch (above my review parameter of only bottles under $10). Aware of my budget wine neglect I stepped out in our fabulous weather to make a special trip to the Pavilions (our version of Von's or Safeway) just to pick out inexpensive wines in hopes to find a few more delicious budget wines.
The inexpensive wines at my Pavilions give the concept of bottom-shelf a whole new meaning, the bottles in the three to ten dollar price range are about an inch off the shiny supermarket tile floor, and half of the bottles were hidden by display boxes of cases of much more pricey bottles of wine or champagne. So risking serious back injury, I spent my time perusing bent ninety degrees at the waste, and came up with a few different brands.
The bottle I offer for you this post is Tisdale California Cabernet Sauvignon, found almost on the floor of Pavilions, for the price of $2.99. The label on the back of Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon describes the wines' flavors as ripe blackberries and plums with an "impressive finish." That's a pretty big expectation, "impressive," so I pour that carmine colored wine into my stemless wine glass, took in the Tisdale Cab's sweet berry aroma, and took a healthy sized sip. Unfortunately, the flavor closely matches the sweetness of the aroma, with a taste that is more prune than plum, and this combination is not for me (or fans of a more dry, robust, or multi-layered wine). I keep an open mind with the budget wines I choose, I know it is not easy to make something great and inexpensive, but the Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon is missing the mark on too many different levels, which means I can't recommend it as a safe budget bet.
The price of the Tisdale California Cabernet Sauvignon is great but the taste, not so much. There are too many other fantastic bottles of budget friendly wines out there (Don't under estimate Pacific Peak) to spend your hard earned dollar on.