Velvet Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Review, Tasting Notes, Food PairingsThis Velvet Moon Cabernet Sauvignon review is part of our value wine series of articles.  A review series aimed at exposing great tasting wines that won’t break the bank.  This Velvet Moon Cabernet review covers tasting notes, food pairings and a brief background on the Vintner.  

The Velvet Moon cab is crafted by Trader Joe’s private wine label “Trader Moon” and is currently available at Trader Joe’s for as little as $ 5.99.  If you want our opinion without reading any further — buy it.  It’s a great medium to full bodied, everyday red wine that’s hard to beat for the price.

Velvet Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Review from Manteca (San Joaquin County), California

Vintage: 2013

While this particular review is focusing on the 2013 vintage, we’ve found that the Velvet Moon vintages are relatively consistent across the board.  It’s advisable that you aerate this wine a bit before drinking.  Either use a decanter, self aerating wine glass or just let it breathe for about 10 minutes.  Chill to about 61 degrees fahrenheit.

Velvet Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine shows density over a ruby and black cherry hue.  The nose is full of ripe dark red fruit.  On the palate, this is for the most part a medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s dry, and the opening palate is packed with black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and dragon fruit undertones.  Towards the mid-palate, tannins grip the sides of the mouth a bit, accentuating bold fruit flavors of San Joaquin county.  The Velvet Moon truly does have a velvety texture, and it becomes more evident towards the end of the mid-palate.  There are some subtle undertones of dry herbs and maybe bits of menthol which help add some structure to the wine.  Approaching the close, tasting notes culminate with a cherry vanilla cola flavor over a medium length and balanced finish.

Velvet Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairing

Barbecue chicken pizza is an ideal food pairing for the Velvet Moon Cabernet Sauvignon. Image courtesy Pixelated Crumb.

Velvet Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings

This is an easy drinker.  It doesn’t need to be paired with food, but if you were to pair it with anything, do it with barbecue chicken pizza or St. Louis pork ribs.  Basically, you want to pair this wine with a dish that brings out both sweet and savory.  There is very minimal spice in this Cabernet, so we like it with dishes that have sweeter sauces.  Put on a movie and order some Chinese General Tso’s chicken and pop a bottle of Velvet Moon.  Let the velvety blanket and food coma put you to sleep.

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