Carnivor 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
2015
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90 Points Best Buy

An extremely deep, dark color is the first thing to notice in this rich, almost thick, wine. It smells like wild blackberries and boysenberries and tastes almost that fruity, while blending in meaty, chocolaty, black peppery flavors that seem to coat the tongue. It is concentrated, bold and stands out from the pack.

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  • Alcohol
    13.9%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Date Published
    7/1/2015
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User Reviews

By Michelle Parrish

Thick texture and full-bodied. My everyday go-to.

- (12-10-2016) - 95

By Greg ALlikas

All I had to see was Modesto, CA on the back label. This, and the Apothic wines are E&J Gallo. They are entry level wines designed to introduce newly legal drinkers to wine. In that they provides a service but they hold little appeal for those who appreciate fine wine.

- (05-15-2016) - 50

By Donald ZEPP

Smelled like a flower bouquet. Taste was flowery, unpleasantly so, with underlying unpleasant flavors. I have no idea how this could be highly rated. We couldn't finish this $12 wine selling at $30 at Lone Star.

- (04-04-2016) - 80

By Dale Cooper

I should have listend to Phil DAnners review. This Winde is a joke. Look great, but sureley tasted very bad. Today, i feel sick after drinking two glases!

- (03-19-2016) - 20

By Phil Danner

That rich color is from them loading it with mega purple additive. The last two times I have had Carnivor Wine it made me sick. Done! It is a cheap wine at Binny's and in this case, you get what you pay for.

- (03-10-2016) - 50

2015
Jim Gordon
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: jgordon@wineenthusiast.net.
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