My Apologies To Magritte

Perfectly brilliant medium ruby out to a thin garnet rim.  Thin and wanting in the nose, textbook oak and slight briar headed off into tar-and-smoke land with flat, dead-ripe fruit and a bright cassis.  Allegedly a second label of some mystery hi-rated Sonoma Cab house, but casual internet searches turn up Jackson Family which–with practically every label already HAVING a cheap label–narrows down the need to invent an off-label.  In the mouth, more thinness, watery and vapid with very little going on other than unsophisticated dark cherry fruit and a slight stemmy bitterness.  Finish of medium astringent tannin.  $25 Sonoma cab is easily my second-favorite subject after $25 Napa cab, but this thing has all the markings of a big, tank wine under the watchful eye of a computer.  2012 Liberated Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County  13-5  ♦

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