Sunday, August 15, 2021

Korbin Kameron 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

From time to time I’ve mentioned Underground Cellars in this blog. I’ve done it for good reason, it’s a fun way to score bargains on wine.

The way Underground Cellar works is pretty unique. They create offers, which you can purchase per bottle at a minimum price. For example, mine was called something like Unique Reds, and the bottles that could possibly be included are listed on the site.

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Here’s what’s different than most wine retail sites, you can buy as many bottles at the minimum price, but almost every other bottle is an upgrade. The minimum bottle price of the wine deal was $28. The other bottles I received were priced at $30, $33, $36, $60, $69, and $86. That’s quite a score.

The Korbin Kameron 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley featured here was $60. The other wines in the shipment were two other Cabs, two Pinot Noir, one Grenache, and a Cab Franc.

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The system isn’t perfect. One 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon that was part of the shipment never arrived. After waiting for several weeks I contacted them and they agreed to send a 2008 bottle from a winery I really like. However, the bottle has “jumped the shark,” and was completely ruined.

The Korbin Kameron is a delightful Cabernet.  On the nose, there is earth and oak. For us, the beautiful part of the wine was a caramel tone to the midpalate. There are layers of sour cherry and leather. The tannins are smooth with a long finish.

The grapes are from Moonridge Vineyard and it has a not-overblown ABV of 13.8. This is a producer I will keep my eyes open for – and for Undergrounds Cellars deals as well!

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