Wine of the Week: Fetzer 2010 Crimson Cabernet Sauvignon

by Kelli H. on January 31, 2014

I know I don’t really have a format set up for wine of the week. I also haven’t done a wine of the week in what? Over six months is my guess. In the last year my wine consumption has sky rocketed. Just kidding! But, I have gained another year’s experience in drinking wine. Wow, what an accomplishment! With another year of experience it’s safe to say that my tastes have evolved. So what am I doing reviewing a bottle that’s normally $11 at Safeway but on a whim I bought because it was on sale for $8.99?

If I’m telling the truth, I’m one of those people that buys wine sometimes based on the label. You see, I get A LOT of free wine. I’m not trying to brag, but my parent’s have quite the large collection that is going bad! How awful! So many bottles that are 10+ years and should have already been drank. Quite often I replenish my wine rack with bottles taken from their stash. My dad also likes to share bottles that he buys. Some have been very over my budget, but he’ll drink a glass or two and give me the rest. Let’s reminisce on the Sbragia 2009 Wall Vineyard Cabernet…you don’t want to reminsce too long, because unfortunately that is not a bottle that is in my price range. Now, this Fetzer which is probably sold everywhere is in my price range! I can afford to keep this stocked on my wine rack. Plus, isn’t this bottle like totally groovy? I think so.

My first introduction to Fetzer was in 2010 when I picked up a bottle of their Gewurztraminer. I was using it in my Raspberry Lemonade Sangria. At that time I wasn’t drinking much wine and when I did I preferred whites and usually in the form of sangria. I’m happy to report I am past that, though who can deny themselves a delicious glass of sangria? I can not.

You see, as your tastes evolve and you’re introduced to expensive wines it starts to be difficult to go to the store and pick yourself out a bottle of wine that you’ll  be happy with. I have wino friends who have multiple wine club memberships and when we hang out with them we open bottles ranging from $20-$60 like it aint no thang. While that’s wonderful, David and I aren’t at a stage in our lives where we can normally afford that. It’s reallllllllyyyy nice when you find a bottle you can actually afford and you enjoy.

For David and I that is Fetzer’s Crimson 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s true that Fetzer was sold in 2011 to a Chilean company called Concha y Toro, but luckily, the wine is still made by Dennis Martin who has been making wine for Fetzer since 1985. That’s a lot of experience right there! The wine is still made in Hopland in Mendocino County, so do I care that it was bought out once again? Umm…no, not really! What I do care about is that this wine is so damn drinkable. It doesn’t feel super heavy like a normal cabernet. It’s rather light and immediately I tasted vanilla, which I absolutely love. What sold me on this wine besides the price and the cool front label was the back label.

“Fetzer Crimson Cabernet Sauvignon brings forward beautiful aromas of blackberries with a touch of cedar followed by a mouthful of bright cherries, touch of earthiness, soft tannins and a lingering finish.”

While I do call myself a cab girl, I kind of have this thing going on with pinot noir’s, so this cab is right up my alley. Like I said, I loved that it wasn’t super heavy. I think this is a great wine to keep on hand. I think it could appease a lot of different palates. If you’ve ever tried it, I’d love to know what you think. Please share! Do you have an affordable cab I should try?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one } January 31, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I tend to buy a lot of wine by the label too; however, I’m learning what words to look for when I’m in the mood for a dry dry wine 🙂 This wine sounds good and I especially like the price!!


meghan January 31, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I definitely want to try this! We tend to spend way too much on Cabs, so it’s always nice to find a value!


Tara Condell January 31, 2014 at 11:44 pm

I too buy wine based on the label, since my expertise on brands is essentially zero. Once I pick my favorite it is hard to part though. 🙂


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