Arendsig Cabernet Sauvignon Block A9 2019

I hope the winemakers will forgive me, but for me this wine is a frog, or my bottle was left in the sun for a bit too long.

(What’s a frog? Remember that princess who had to kiss a few before she found her Prince?)

It has a strong charcuterie aroma when it first meets the nose, but then the kiss on the tongue is where it loses me. It’s like one of those Heston Blumenfeld dishes that looks like a green and white candy striped lollipop but when you bite into it you get pickled fish. Not that the wine tastes like pickled fish, it doesn’t, but it’s that off when it comes to the taste. Platters have it 4.5 stars but I don’t get it. To me it tastes of tart plum without the heavy rich comfort of a Cabernet.

Maybe the guys at Arendsig Handcrafted Wines can weigh in here with some comments about tasting notes and pairings. I tried it fresh after being corked, then an hour later, and then the next day. Still can’t get the 4.5 star experience . To me it’s a frog and a stepping stone.

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