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Review: 2018 Charles Woodson’s Intercept Cabernet Sauvignon

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Not a sports activities fan? Who’s Charles Woodson? He’s a former NFL defenseman — rookie of the yr in 1998 — who was elected to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2021. Now the person is making wine in Paso Robles with the assistance of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, which produces quite a lot of luxurious and bespoke wine manufacturers.

This restricted version bottling is designed to rejoice Woodson’s hometown of Fremont, Ohio, the place blackberry and mulberry brambles are dominant. Intercept‘s purple mix usually sells for below $20. Does this restricted version, at $150, carry the products?

There’s no denying it is a luxe creation — and it’s clear that it’ll profit from one other five-plus years in cellar to succeed in its prime. In the present day, the wine is heavy with tannin, raspberry and blackberry notes mingling with a extra conventional currant character and an ample, darkish chocolate factor. Wealthy and silky as all good cabs are, it nonetheless wants a while to develop, although a well-extracted Port-like word takes over with time. Notes of menthol finally come throughout as just a little pushy on the prolonged, expressive end.

It’s stable (if wealthy) now, however I’d cellar this one for a bit to let it mood.

6500 bottles produced (as a result of Woodson had 65 profession interceptions).

A- / $150 / interceptwine.com

2018 Charles Woodson’s Intercept Cabernet Sauvignon

$150

Score


9.0/10

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