B Side Napa Cabernet Reveiew

Here’s the thing.  I’m not paid and I don’t get paid to review wines and I don’t get free tours and tastings.  That’s what is nice about getting to review things.  You get honest feedback that isn’t restricted by a PR company, lawyers or anyone else.  I starting this post with this because I have very mixed feelings and am looking for your feedback on the B Side Napa Cabernet.

I had my first bottle of it last week and it was delicious.  I bought another bottle this week because I enjoyed it and it was the exact opposite.  For a bottle in the $15 to $25 range, that’s fine if it isn’t good, but when it’s not palatable, that’s when you need to make sure you have a back up bottle ready to go…luckily I did for tonight.

This post is broken out into three parts.  The first bottle which I enjoyed, the second bottle from today and what I recommend.

B Side Cabarnet Review

The Good Bottle

The first bottle I opened was a nice light napa cabernet that opens on your tounge and pleases you through the bite and down to your stomach.  It has the right mix of berry and cocoa with a medium bite and long finish that makes you want to take another sip immediately.  I had a hard time pouring anyone else a glass.  To be fair, I would have drank from the bottle…which I planned to do with bottle 2.  That’s now.

The Bad Bottle

The bottle of this exact same B Side Cabernet which I opened today is gross.  It bites extremely hard, tastes stale, has no berry and is fairly leathery.  The bite is too strong and I am not getting any of the delicious berry flavors I got last week.  It was not only depressing, it was sad to see that the same vintage has such a huge variance bottle to bottle.  If you like gambling, this could be the vineyard to try serving.  You’re either going to love it or have the experience I had tonight.

The Outcome

I will be buying this again.  There’s always a chance the second bottle spoiled.  It’s very hard to have that much of a difference from bottle 1 to bottle 2.  Maybe it wasn’t stored right.  Maybe they had something happen like it was left out in extreme heat on it’s way to the store.  There’s always the chance the vineyard does have that much of a variance in their bottles.  The only way to know for sure is to go for one more bottle.  The nice thing is that in this price range, it is worth the risk.  However, if the next bottle turns out as bad as the second one, I can guarantee I will not buy B Side Cabernet again.  If it turns out good, I’ll buy it one more time.  If it’s still good after that, then it was just the bottle that went bad.

If you’ve ever had B Side Napa Cabernet, leave a comment below with how you felt about it, what it tasted like and if you enjoyed it.  I’d be curious to see if anyone else had a good or bad experience and how much it varies for you.

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