By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
Bonterra has long been a leader in the world of organic wines. Before they were cool, hip, en vogue, or rad, Bonterra was producing solid, interesting and incredibly inexpensive wines from certified organic grapes. This Cabernet is a perfect example of just how good their wines can be with tremendous savor and depth. Nicely earthy on the nose with wet red clay, beef jerky and a touch of whole leaf tobacco over a nice core of blueberry fruit, this is much more complex, and much less sweet-tinged, than most of its competitors. That continued dryness is seen on the palate — however, that is not to say that it is astringent or edgy, because it is far from either. Juicy and full of generosity on entry, this is Cabernet in a very pure form with little oak or glycerin getting in the way of the black and green olive, sous bois, leather, pastille and thyme flavors that mesh well over a core of darkly roasted coffee and more blueberry fruit. I think this is better suited for the table than a cocktail but I can see the fans of affordable Bordeaux using it for both.