Monday, May 7, 2012

Canvas 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, California

I enjoyed this Cab as an amenity while visiting the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego for a conference. It was surprisingly good.

Canvas is a “private label” brand vinted by the Michael Mondavi family for the Hyatt chain. It is a very lush wine, full of bouncing black cherry and dark fruit. The tannins blend well with the wine, which is smooth from start to finish. This is a young, lively wine in character – not weighed down by heavy oak.

The wine is “cellared and bottled in Napa” but carries a California designation. This means that the grapes can come from around the state and the juice can be produced anywhere in California. The final aging and bottling is done in a Napa facility. That being said, they have some pretty nice grapes in the Golden State and the quality of the wine is very good. I give Hyatt props for working with an iconic wine producer to develop their own line of wines.

I sipped my Canvas with a nice plate of local soft cheese, artisan crackers and a cluster of dried grapes.

While this will never compete with an expensive “cult” Cabernet from Napa, it is a thoroughly enjoyable wine. It also is the most affordable wine by the glass or bottle at Hyatt hotels. You can expect to pay around $26 a bottle in the hotel and less than $10 elsewhere.

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