Sunday, January 3, 2010

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

The 2005 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Hope family owned and operated winery located in Paso Robles, CA.  The Hope family originally planted cabernet vines in 1978 and then began selling off the grapes to Chuck Wagner from the Caymus winery.  With the help of Hope farms, Mr. Wagner's second label "Liberty School", was started.  This 2005 is a medium-bodied cabernet that has a subtle chocolate covered cherries aroma with a hint of spices and a little vanilla. The fruity cherry and blackberry taste along with a peppery back-end taste is nicely combined with soft tannins. No need to cellar. This is nothing spectacular but if you are looking for an easy-drinking cabernet to drink with a burger or kabobs from the grill, give this a try. I would not pair it with a juicy grilled steak though.  I prefer bigger Cabernets but this one is OK.    Retails for about $14.


  1. I have a couple of friends that always rave about this wine but also mention that it is not always very consistent... have you had the same problem with it?

  2. I had heard all the rave before also, but there were other friends who said not to waste my money. I have not tried it a scond time. Maybe I should. Some winemakers will sell their grapes if it is a bad year instead of bottling. Maybe Mr. Wagner is getting grapes from different locations each year and thus the inconsistancy.

  3. Hey Jason!

    A good, frank blog you have here. Loved reading the reviews. Would get back for a more detailed reading. Keep up the good work! Kulpreet Yadav