Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon Review 2013  This Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon review is part of our value wine series.  A series aimed at finding the best value wines, that are also accessible.

 Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon Review

This was a fun find.  A relatively new Vintner, Rickshaw Wines only began producing some delectable Napa cabs in 2010.  A team of three guys seem to have set out to make some wine detached from exclusivity.  Their mission?  (Make) “kick ass wines at easy to swallow prices.”

The 2013 Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from various vineyard plots and appellations throughout California.  Most notably, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Paso Robles.  The aim of the Rickshaw vintners with this Cabernet Sauvignon was to make it in a Bordeaux style.  That said, this wine is not 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s actually a well balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (Specifically, 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc).  They have also sourced Malbec as a blending varietal for past vintages.

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According to Rickshaw, the 2013 growing season offered a mild and consistent summer and a lengthy dry autumn, which helped minimize early ripening, offering more depth to the vintage. While the wine itself is blended in a Bordeaux style, the Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon maintains a lighter body than most old world, and even many new world cabs.  This makes it incredibly drinkable.

In terms of structure, I didn’t find the 2013 vintage to be very complex.  It does have an obvious fruit forwardness to it.  Backed by graphite like minerality and subtle spice with medium-high acid over subtle oak.  This Cabernet is fermented in stainless steel tanks, and then aged in 70% neutral oak and 30% French oak.

Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes

In the glass, the wine has a slight rustic and graphite red tilt to it.  Some translucency, not overly purplish.  Mild aromas of bright red fruit and cola.  The opening palate is relatively bright and upbeat with red fruit forwardness.  Obvious hints of raspberry jam and cherry cola over elevated acid and coffee.  Mid-palate more minerality shows itself through graphite hints.  You can taste some of the velvet from the 2013 Merlot added to this blend around the mid-palate.  The close is refreshing, but mild without much complexity.  Subtle Asian spice, red currant, cedar and cherry all come together nicely over a medium-short finish.

 Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairing

Being a lighter-bodied, jammy red fruit Cabernet, it gives you some flexibility with food pairing options.  Personally, I’d consider grilled steak, or chicken, or heavier-bodied fish like salmon or steel-head trout.  Consider pairing it with penne alfredo, four cheese rosa or grilled vegetables on the side.

Buy the Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is relatively accessible through a few online merchants.  I received by bottle from the wine club WineAwesomeness.  If it’s still available, you can find it for on their site.  Using this link will also net you a free months membership with the wine club, which equals 3 free bottles of wine.  You’ll just have to pay shipping.  Happy drinking!


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