Review: 2012 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon California

Review: 2012 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon California

Avalon.CAB.2012How good can an “everyday” Cabernet Sauvignon that costs 12 bucks possibly be? Not bad at all, actually.

Avalon, courtesy of Purple Wine Co., is a very straightforward wine, but it avoids the problems of being overly sweetened and overly alcoholic (at 13.8% abv). Instead what we get is a slightly peppery, slightly chocolatey wine with blueberry notes coming across strong on the forefront. The finish brings out more of a blueberry cobbler character, with just a hint of baking spices. For 12 bucks, it’s a solid double.

B+ / $12 /

2012 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon California




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. lucero on December 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I bought that avalon CAB and it is horrible, bitter and disgusting. I think that manischewitz is hundred times better. I totally regret my purchase.

  2. H.Harris on May 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    My husband and I just opened this Cab, it is so great we looked it up on line as we could not remember when and where we got it.. We found it in our stash and thought 2012? We need to drink this. We are so pleasantly surprise, as a Cab is not our first choice among our preference of red wines. This one, we must have more!
    Great job for a wine in our price range.

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