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Today I wanted to take a deeper look at the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll be looking at the 2013 vintage primarily, but I’ve found that this budget wine doesn’t fluctuate too much in quality year after year. That’s part of the reason why we consider the Woodbridge Cab to be one of the best table wines for the price.
It can be found at almost any liquor, grocery store or gas station. A 750mL bottle can be bought for around $7, while the magnum can often be found for as little as $11.
Why We Enjoy the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon
As mentioned above, the Woodbridge Cab tends to be reliable regardless of what vintage we’re drinking. When I use the word ‘reliability’ with a wine, I mean that regardless of what bottle I’m opening I can expect a consistent mix of flavor.
Reliability with well priced Cabernet Sauvignon is becoming increasingly difficult to come by – so a wine like this is worth remembering. The Woodbridge brand by Robert Mondavi also utilizes synthetic corks. This eliminates the possibility of a bottle acquiring cork taint, while also keeping the cost of production down.
It’s Smooth & Balanced
Let’s be honest, this isn’t a super-refined, Bordeaux red blend. It’s a New World, massed produced varietal wine.
The Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a versatile red table wine. That means it’s equally as good to sip on casually as an aperitif, on its own, or with any number of meats and cheeses.
It’s balanced from start to finish, while remaining relatively full bodied with moderate acid. It’s a Cabernet, so there’s a tannic structure, but it’s not overpowering. It’s also dry, yet remains fruity and refreshing if chilled slightly. All in all it’s not extraordinarily complex – but is always a crowd pleaser.
It Has a Fun Nose & Dark Fruit Flavor…
To put it simply, this wine has all of the tasting notes & visuals indicative of a typical Cabernet Sauvignon. The main difference is that it’s a lighter-bodied Cab, possibly due to a short aging process. In the glass, this Cabernet maintains a dark cherry, almost plum-esque ruby color with a strawberry edge and no shortage of lengthy legs.
The nose is somewhat bright, showing off the youth of the wine. Expect a concoction of red berries, especially bits of cranberry and cherries backed by undertones of mild leather and cracked spices.
The opening palate is also bright and loaded with an inviting blend of red cherries, soft pomegranate, red currant and cassis. The mid-palate resembles the front a bit, indicating great balance while also incorporating some subtle vanilla notes and moderate acid. We get some light plum notes and dry herbaceous notes as well.
Approaching the close, more black fruits show themselves, with juicy blackberry and subtle tannins grabbing at the back of the tongue. The close is medium-short with an aftertaste resembling a combination of cranberry-strawberry and black pepper.
Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairing Ideas & Recipes
Given the versatility of this wine, and that it’s a little lighter in body – we love it with pizza. Greek style, New York style or Chicago deep dish will all work nicely to accentuate the light berry notes and medium acid.
Conversely, the Woodbridge Cabernet will pair nicely alongside any number of poultry plates & pastas. It does NOT need to be paired with meat.
Try food pairings along the lines of grilled barbecue chicken or duck. Duck & quail are a bit more savory, so if you’re not going to use barbecue sauce try either.
- Try this Grilled “Huli-Huli” Hawaiin Chicken Recipe with the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon!
- Also, this Indian-Styled Tandoori Chicken Wing Recipe will work great!
- Chicken to light for you? Try this Spanish Classic — Carne Asada Taco’s with Paprika, White Onion, Lime & Cilantro.
- Pork more your thing? Try this Spicy Barbecue Pork Rib Recipe.
If you’re looking to food pair the Woodbridge Cab with cheeses or appetizers, try, aged cheddar or apple-smoked gouda.
If You’re an Experienced Wine Taster…
The Woodbridge Cab may come off as a little uninteresting, but that’s no reason not to drink it. If you’re buying the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, you’re probably doing it to save a little bit of money regardless of the occasion. There are far more complex Cabs out there, but if you want reliability and something that you can put back and enjoy with ease, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better Cabernet Sauvignon for the price from any other Vintner.