Editor’s Note: This Ravage Cabernet Review covers tasting notes, food pairings and a background on the wine and how it was made. If you’re looking for a juicy, accessible, good value red wine, the Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon is hard to beat for the price.
Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon Review from California, USA
Ahhh… nothing like a clutch grocery wine buy. The Ravage Cabernet is a young, New World Cabernet *blend* born and raised within California. Given its youth, you can expect big black and blue fruit flavors throughout the palate.
At my local Publix supermarket, I’ve been able to find the Ravage Cabernet for as little as $9.99. This is a great wine ideal for casual drinking. An easy-sipper, it’s a crowd-pleaser that works for any occasion without breaking the bank.
Background on the Ravage Cabernet
We don’t know too much about where this wine was sourced. However, given the designation of simply “California” on the label, this usually indicates that grapes have come from multiple vineyards, often from multiple appellations within California.
According to the Vintner, the grapes that went into the 2015 Ravage Cabernet ripened relatively early following a hot growing season. Typically this indicates that the fruit should be a bit un-concentrated, however this vintage offered small, concentrated berries with a loose cluster complex. The early ripening aided in producing bold, rich and voluptuous fruit flavors with very mild acidity. If you like a fruity wine, the Ravage is probably for you.
Also worth noting is that the Ravage Cabernet isn’t 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, it’s a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, backed by smaller concentrations of Merlot (10%), Zinfandel (10%), Syrah (3%) and 1% “other red grapes.” This blend in and of itself makes for an interesting, dark and surprisingly complex flavor given the short time this wine has had to age before it hit the shelves. Alcohol content is about 13.5%.
The Ravage Cabernet is aged in 100% New French Oak, which means that these barrels are able to quickly add oaky tones to an already flavor-prone blend of grapes. We’ll get into the specific tasting notes New French Oak imparts on these kinds of wines shortly.
Ravage Cabernet Tasting Notes
In the glass, expect a dense, dark plum and black cherry hue. The purple aspects indicate that the wine is still quite young (though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing). The nose is loaded with dark fruits, cassis, some cedar tones, plum and blueberry.
On the opening palate, juicy blackberry cobbler flavors, blueberry creme brulee and vanilla cola tones instantly become evident. The body is largely medium.
Pay close attention to your palate as the wine progresses across the tongue. You should be able to pick up more vanilla and toasted oak tones, indicative of the New French Oak aging. Tannins are soft and velvety, making for a very pleasant, mildly astringent drinking experience.
Towards the back-end of the palate, dark cherry, pomegranate and more plum tones layer across damp forest floor. Finish is medium in length.
Ravage Cabernet Food Pairings
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These black and blue fruit forward, juicy wines scream to be paired alongside pork or hamburgers. Barbecue is also a great choice as the sauce will accent the flavors in the wine beautifully. Consider Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Candied Bacon Cheeseburgers or moist, Texas-raised Barbecue Brisket.