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Mon Frère California Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The saying around here is “Cabernet is King” and today is the king’s birthday so to say – it’s International Cabernet Day! Cabernet outsells every other grape at the LCBO, and with a wealth of options from far and wide, we are focusing on the modern home of Cabernet, California. Mon Frère Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 hits all the high notes of what good ‘Cali Cab’ should be. So, whether you are already a Cabernet fan, or if this will be your first taste, today is the perfect day to pay tribute to the king of grapes!

Tasting Notes: The 2018 Mon Frère Cabernet Sauvignon is a juicy, fresh expression of the grape with an added kick from a splash of Malbec – Cabernet does love a good blending partner. Plum and blackberry greet your nose along with hints of fresh flowers and the flavours of ripe forest berries. Oak spices are delivered with a bold mouth feel and structured tannins that linger through the finish.

Enjoy With: Richly flavoured dishes like steak or roast beef, lamb burgers, pasta dishes, rich sauces and ripe cheeses.

Style: A dry, full-bodied fruity red wine.

Terroir/Region: Mon Frère Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from some of the most famous regions in California: Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi and Paso Robles. All these sources add layers of ripeness, fruit, acidity, texture and structure to the final wine, but it is up to the winemaking team to harness and balance their qualities.

Producer: Mon Frère’s winemaker, Tom Hinde, normally makes Cab from legendary vineyards atop mountains in Napa and Sonoma, fetching prices just as high. Here he has made a gulp-able Cab with a much more accessible price, giving us a taste of his skill and what he sees as a full picture of California Cabernet. Thank you, Tom!

AvailabilityMon Frère California Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is available in the Vintages section of your local LCBO and for online ordering. Enjoy your Cabernet Day Celebrations!

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Price: $21.95

LCBO #: 16463

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 13.9% alc./vol.