Solid Ground Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Chuck’s Take)

At a Glance
Overall blackberry, oak, blueberry, dark cherry
Notes lush, juicy, ripe dark berry. Perfect amount of oak and didn’t bring too much vanilla to the wine. An overall excellent benchmark value California cabernet sauvignon.

 

 

But what did Sean think?

Sweetness extra dry – 6 g/L
Food pizza
Price $17.95
LCBO# 13305
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H3 Horse Haven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

At a Glance
Overall Deep inky purple, cherries, blueberries, vanilla, cassis
Notes When I see Washington and Oregon wines I will grab one. A typical cab that hits all the right notes. The alcohol is high and hits your nose right away. Smooth and easy to drink. Crowd pleaser for sure.
Sweetness dry – 9 g/L
Food meaty pastas, carbonara, meat pie
Price $19.95
Online LCBO: 210047

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Cycles Gladiator Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

At a Glance
Overall black cherry, currants, mocha, raspberry
Notes Scrapping in just under the $20 mark, this is a solid wine. Big currants, loads of berries, easy drinking. If you select your wines based on the fun label and value, this is a winner on both fronts.
Sweetness dry – 8 g/L
Food bbq, pasta, stews
Price $19.95
LCBO# 16481
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Solid Ground Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Sean’s Take)

At a Glance
Overall raspberry, black cheery, ripe blueberries, rhubarb pie
Notes GOOD DEAL ALERT!!! Loads of black cherry and overflowing with blueberry. Silky, aromatic, deep garnet in color. This is a steal of a deal under $20. We bought a few for future enjoyment.

 

But what did Chuck think?

Sweetness extra dry – 6 g/L
Food slow braised meats and stews
Price $17.95
LCBO# 13305
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Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

At a Glance
Overall ripe plum, medium-light oak, dark berries, light vanilla
Notes rich, smooth and juicy.  low-medium tannins.  light on structure but very flavourful and easy going in the california way.  this is a very popular wine and the fruit is sourced from 3 counties.
Sweetness extra dry – 5 g/L
Price $19.95
LCBO# 461053
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Pérez Cruz Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Extra dry with the tannins coming from the oak.  Not what it was compared to prior vintages.
Alcohol/Vol 14.5%
At a Glance
Taste black cherry, vanilla, oak
Smell red berry, oak, raspberry
Food beef, cheese
Sweetness extra dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 694208
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Oak Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth and easy drinking.  Has some structure, slightly more than it price range peers.  Found at the wine rack store. 
Juice from California and Canada.  Alcohol/Vol 13%
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, spice, cherry
Smell blueberry, blackberry, spice
Food american
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.00
LCBO# n/a
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Magnotta Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

A rich cabernet that could masquerade as a ripasso.
Alcohol/Vol 13.7%
At a Glance
Taste cassis, oak, earth
Smell cassis, earth, spice
Food italian
Sweetness extra dry
Price $19.95
LCBO# n/a
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Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

If you’re looking for a cab which is less fruit forward and more leathery/tobacco-like, this is a good choice.  Not overpowering but present with good blackberry character to round things out.
One site (lcbo) reports that there is some merlot blended into this vintage.
Alcohol/Vol: 13.0%
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, leather, tobacco
Smell blackberry, vanilla, leather
Food red meat, bbq
Sweetness dry
Price $18.95
LCBO# 537597
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McWilliams Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Overall a decent weekday wine.  Not a lot of structure or depth but worth picking up a bottle if you’re looking for a different general list cabernet sauvignon priced around 15 bucks.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste strawberry, raspberry, spice
Smell blueberry, oak, dark cherry
Food sandwiches
Sweetness dry
Price $15.00
LCBO# 214577
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35 South Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2009

A big, fruit forward, juicy cabernet sauvignon from Chile isn’t something I’ve had in years.  They had a good run in 2007-2008 but it’s been an uphill battle ever since.  Was pleasantly surprised with this bottle.
A strong red weighing in at 14.0 %
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste rasin, cassis, oak
Smell rasin, dark berry, oak
Food cheese, red meat
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 170019
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Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This vintages release is a great way to drink some full bodied, fruit forward California Cab at a great price.

I will be picking up a few more bottles on my next trip.

Release Date: March 19, 2011
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, blueberry, leather
Smell blackberry, blueberry, cinnamon
Food pasta, pizza
Sweetness dry
Price $15.95
LCBO# 684399
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KWV Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Well there isn’t a huge story behind this bottle but it is a good easy drinking wine for a weekday evening.
Put this bottle in the fridge for 20 minutes before opening
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste cherry, cedar, cigar
Smell cedar, cherry, plum
Food grilled red meats, medium cheeses
Sweetness dry
Price $10.00
LCBO# 22004
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Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Cabernet 2006

Overall a fairly well rounded blend, although the two varietals together made me lean towards a merlot; since the shiraz’s pepper notes weren’t announcing themselves loudly.  Medium oak and rich plum were the center of attention in this bottle.
The bottle says this wine has won a few Asian awards…maybe my food pairing was wrong…lemme know!
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste dark fruit, oak, plum
Smell plum, dark berry, black cherry
Food grilled lamb chops
Sweetness dry
Price $12.45
LCBO# 106377
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Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

A benchmark California cab. Very approachable and hits all the marks one would expect.
Because I’ve cellared this bottle for a while, I couldn’t find it’s LCBO number, but be sure to check out their next vintage when it hits shelves.  I’ve just put their merlot on my shopping list: VINTAGES# 704353
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste cassis, dark cherry, chocolate
Smell cassis, dark cherry, toasted oak
Food grilled red meat
Sweetness dry
Price $18.95
LCBO# 0
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