2014 Concannon Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1276703 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a strong wine for the price, unfolding with caramelized berries, kirsch, black cassis, wet river stone and tight plum skins on the dense nose. Cooked blackberries and black-cherry jam show on the palate, where elegant graphite tannins make for a very silky, earthy wine. *Cellar Selection* (MK)  (9/2016)

K&L Notes

Quietly Concannon Vineyard has one of the longest histories in the California Wine Industry. Dating back to 1883 when James Concannon set up his winery in the Livermore Valley, recognizing that it was strikingly similar to the terroir of Bordeaux, Concannon has been integral in the development of California's wine industry. Whether it was James's early education with the Wetmore Family, his wines winning the first medals overseas in international wine competitions, clonal development or being one of the first to bottle Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah as a varietal bottling the winery was long on the forefront of the cutting edge of California Wines. Now at some point in time the name became more synonymous with bulky, inexpensive, big box wine but this 2014 Paso Robles Cabernet maybe a sign of them changing that and rededicating themselves to quality over quantity. Simply put this is one of the best under $15 Cabernets we've seen all year from California. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
This is exactly what you would expect from a Livermore producer making a Paso Robles wine. Full body and ripe with aromatics of black currants, boysenberry, and plum. And just about about the time when you would expect a monstrous, jammy finish, the wine takes a surprising turn by completing the tasting experience with lifted spice notes and tannins so integrated you might even say they're smooth.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2016 | Send Email
Black currant, loam and wet clay aromas swirl in the pitchy and surprisingly high-toned nose with good amounts of polish and varietal complexity. That resonating bright edge always rides slightly above the creamy, weighted palate full of berry fruit, sandalwood and soft flexible tannins. The overall impression here is one of juicy freshness but the wine is far from flabby and it certainly firms up as it goes with complex notes of unsweetened cocoa powder and freshly grated nutmeg. Solid in every department, the only thing that is holding this wine back is the possible negative association with this being more of a “supermarket brand.” Trust me when I say that if all wine were this good in supermarkets we’d all be out of a job!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2016 | Send Email
Concannon's Cab from Paso Robles is a well structured, food friendly wine. Deep flavors of ripe plum, cooked boysenberries, black cherries, vanilla and spice accompany a juicy mouthfeel and pleasant tannin structure. A lot of wine for the price!

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2016 | Send Email
I've always known about Concannon's history as the first American producer to bottle Petite Sirah under it's varietal name but I associated it more with the fact that was sold a twice in the eighties and again in the early nineties. I honestly figured the quality of their wines had diminished after changing hands so many times. Well, I stand corrected. Concannon's Paso Robles Cab is rich and structured, showing notes of white pepper, blueberry pie and boysenberry preserve. It's a plush and approachable cab at less than thirteen bucks. Doesn't get much better than this.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
A dusty nose, with some dirt and fresh red and black berries. A plumpness, great generous fruit, level acids, and some cedar plank finish out on the palate. This is a real bargain of a wine at this price.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5