Wine Review: Sutter Home, Cabernet Sauvignon
Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon
Sutter Home is a staple of the wine industry. If a store, or even a gas station, sells wine they probably carry something from Sutter Home.
If it's a nice grocery store they might carry several offerings from Sutter Home, like this Cabernet Sauvignon. If the store is a gas station they might only carry Sutter Home White Zinfandel and it would be on the shelf above the Boone's Farm and Arbor Mist.
The original Sutter Home Winery was founded in St. Helena, California, in 1890 but was forced to close during prohibition. The winery was reopened by the Trinchero family in 1948. Today, Sutter Home offers close to twenty varietals and I would generally contribute their wide-spread distribution to a respectable looking label coupled with a budget friendly price.
To that end, if you're out at a restaurant and see that a glass of Sutter Home wine is $5.99, just keep in mind that you could stop on the way home and buy a whole bottle of pretty much any Sutter Home wine for the same price. I'm just sayin'... spend the extra money on dessert.
I always feel a little apprehensive when a single varietal doesn't include a vintage on the label but coming from a place of expectation management, this Cabernet Sauvignon is not bad. It's probably not the best Cab you'll ever have but it's certainly not the worst.
I found this wine to be very drinkable with lots of toasty oak and vanilla and a smooth finish. Pairs nicely with steak or pasta with red sauce.
13%Alc/Vol and no headache after two glasses.