This wine backs up the price tag with a fruit-forward nose showing blackberry, black cherry, dried mint and tarragon. The palate is more tart, with dried sour cherries, espresso-bean bitterness, lava rocks and graphite. It's surprisingly both dark and lean, offering solid complexity.
Excited to try this highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon offering from Temecula Valley and was thoroughly disappointed. The softness of this "robust red wine" left me flat. The nose is creamy and soft and the palate is complex more like a fortified wine and soft port - perhaps even a late harvest - than a bold California style Cab. If the idea was to put a lot of money behind a big wine and sell it for a high price tag then Callaway really missed the mark - and their target audience - with this wine.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.