While the FlipFlop “Left Coast” Pinot Noir reviewed last week met my expectations on many levels, their Cabernet Sauvignon tasted this week didn’t quite hit the mark. Confusion over where the grapes are sourced continues to haunt me. Tasting notes, video and awards won by this wine seemed to be based on a 2009 vintage of California grapes, however, while this wine was clearly stickered as a” Gold” winner at the 2011 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, the label states the grapes are sourced from Chile. Like the bottle reviewed last week this label also uses the Left Coast description without vintage instead of the 2009 California commonly seen in the winery website and the Florida Competition judging results. Whether where the grapes come from matters or not is for you to decide, the issue for me is quality for the price and in that area the FlipFlop Left Coast Cabernet Sauvignon did show some promise.
The color in the glass is a pretty ruby color and the nose of black cherry and berry was pleasant if unremarkable. Unexpectedly light weight in the mouth this wine lacked the solid and bold statement found in Cabernet Sauvignon of many price points. At face value this is a fruity and very drinkable wine, loaded with cherry, black current and earth that leads into candied cherry on the back end. The finish was clean and the tannins while not aggressive were clear and evident. Acceptable on its own, this wine didn’t seem capable of being the focus of attention; however, I found that when served at the table it did a nice job of being a complement and supporting the meal, something to consider if you are entertaining this season.
Likes its brethren on the shelf the FlipFlop “Left Coast” Cabernet Sauvignon is widely available in Southwest Florida stores. Definitely falling in the value price range you should expect to pay from $5 to $7 dollars. At the lower end of that range consider a bottle, with the need to budget our entertainment carefully this year it could be a good buy. All in all I would consider this wine to be drinkable at the time, but not memorable when the bottle is empty.