There’s no there there.

Rather thin bright ruby–almost a solid pink–for a Paso Robles Cabernet, but still staining. Motor oil, dried algae and alcohol is your first bouquet, and that rode-hard & put-away-wet version of “fruit” so popular in Paso starts releasing its burnt greasy stain on your nose shortly thereafter. A little cardboard soaked in tester perfume drifts in and out. It just flat-out doesn’t smell interesting. And here’s the deal: Cab is supposed to smell interesting. I don’t care where it’s from. And I don’t think a decant would help this one. I say that mostly because the alcohol burn is intensifying. I’ll never need to trim my nose-hairs again. It is now getting in the way of everything else I am vainly seeking in this wine. Any little glimpses of spice or berry are completely over-shadowed by the alcohol and skid-mark obesity.

I really do not know much about this winery, even though it is right here in my backyard. I visited briefly quite a few years ago and was one of those classic Tasting Room situations involving ridiculously ignorant staff and hopelessly drunk patrons. When I was offered the “Panty Dropper” bubbly, I exited quickly. No, that wasn’t the name of them, but it was something very close. This particular bottle in front of me is a near-100$ bottle of wine–something I don’t believe I tasted the day I was there. I hope it tastes better than it smells. What do you think the alcohol is? I’m going to guess the label will probably not publish it over 15.

There’s a bitter peppermint candy shell to the fruit. This is the lightest and brightest thing going on here. Fruit is fading, which obviously concerns me with a wine not only this young, but still so vividly colored. And everywhere the alcoholic fire. I’m pretty much done talking about this wine. There’s just nothing even remotely interesting or compelling about this wine. Thin and bitter into the *finish*–I mean–that’s what I’m calling it not because there IS one but because I am done.

Beautiful winery though.

2013 HAMMERSKY VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 14.9

www.hammersky.com

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