Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Valley Wine Company
With a name like The Naked Grape, you know you're going to get attention.
It's hard not to notice what it says when you're cruising the wine aisles. It's human nature, I suppose.
Plus it sounds a bit... naughty.
The name The Naked Grape isn't just for eye-catching the buyer, it's also a description of how their wines are made. A "naked" wine refers simply to any wine that hasn't been aged in oak, or at least hasn't been aged traditionally. I reviewed Big House Wine's Unchained Naked Chardonnay (check it out here) and while there wine is also "naked," it is still aged in steel barrels and neutral oak. So, I guess there's a little bit of wiggle room within the definition. But regardless, it's not traditionally aged, that's the key.
The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon pours a deep garnet color and smells of blackberries, blackberries, and more blackberries. Tastings brings lots of clean, dark fruit flavors, more blackberries (imagine that!), and a hint of black licorice. The finish is short and still quite fruity.
This is definitely a very fruity and clean tasting wine. It's certainly different than many other Cabs and a welcome change of pace from the usual. In its attempt to bring forth the natural grape flavors, they have succeeded.
Would I choose this over a traditional Cabernet Sauvignon? Not likely.
But like I said, it's a good change from the usual.
Drink This: if you want to taste an unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon full of clean, dark fruit flavors.
Don't Drink This: if you're looking for a traditional, oaky, tannic Cabernet. This isn't it.