Review: Noble Vines 2017 Chardonnay and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Noble Vines offers a simple collection of numerically-designated wines, sourced from all over California. Here’s a look at two recent bottlings in the ultra-affordable collection.
2017 Noble Vines Collection 446 Chardonnay Monterey – Lots of oak and vanilla here on a wine that doesn’t feel as natural as it should. Gummy and extracted, the heavy oak and butter come across with a tree sap note that digs into the back of the throat, simultaneously coming across as both green and woody. Lifeless. C / $12
2014 Noble Vines Collection 337 Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi – A thin but approachable cab, decidedly “jammy” in the Lodi style, with plenty of fruit to go around. Bold blackcurrant and flowery plum blossom are muted by a slight wateriness on the tongue and a greenness on the back end. Fairly harmless, but for a ten-spot, it’s about as good as it gets. C+ / $10
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