Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Review, 2013 Fat Cat

My empty bottle of Black Mountain “Fat Cat” Cabernet Sauvignon. Vintage 2013.

This Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Review is part of our value wine series.  A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines from around the world that won’t break the bank.  Learn about Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon tasting notes, a brief Vintner overview and ideal food pairings.  This wine is currently available at Trader Joe’s for as little as $5.99!

Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Fat Cat Review & Tasting Notes from Lodi, California

Vintage: 2013

Trader Joe’s has been working with Black Mountain vineyards for over 30 years in an effort to bring great tasting wines from amazing Lodi, California to your wine glass that won’t cost much.  The Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon “Fat Cat” just proves why the partnership has been in effect for so long.

 Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes

In the glass, this Cabernet emanates a dark rustic ruby red with a touch of black purple.  The nose is pungent with black and blue fruit, along the lines of cassis, blueberry and ripe fig.  On the opening palate, we get complimentary hints of blackberries, dragon fruit, mellow acid and burnt toast.  The mid-palate rounds out a bit with soft touches of cassis and a black velvety tannic structure.  Touches of vanilla and bits of coconut peach tease the taste buds around the mid-palate as well.  Approaching the close, earthy forest floor and aged spices play alongside blueberry and black cherry over a long, oaky finish.  I might add that writing these tasting notes makes me want to go buy another bottle as soon as possible.

Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Review 2013 Fat Cat

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 Black Mountain Fat Cat Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings

Given the black fruit forward and oaky nature of this wine, consider pairing it with more savory meats.  Rack of lamb, roasted pork or grilled braised ribs should be your go-to options.  Make things interesting and craft a barbecue pulled pork pizza or consider bringing out aged sharp cheeses when consuming pre-meal.  Blue cheese teriyaki buffalo burgers with crisp candied bacon if you’re feeling brave ;).


The Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich and full-bodied wine that is smooth enough to be drank by itself or with a savory meal.  At $5.99 a bottle, this is a no brainer.  I personally will be keeping a few of these in the cellar as easy crowd pleasers.  Stop by your local Trader Joe’s and don’t miss out on this bargain from Lodi.

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