Wolf Blass “Blass Reserve Release” Cabernet 2016
Born in Germany in 1934, the astonishingly determined Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass had a habit of running away from school. Such a habit, that his parents finally handed him an ultimatum: Either start on a career or get your butt back to class.
Wolf chose a career – wine. After apprenticeships in Germany, France and England, Blass decided to move to the Barossa Valley, Australia, founding his own winery at the tender age of 27, back in 1961. Awards soon followed, with Wolf Blass and his chief winemaker, John Glaetzer, becoming Australia’s most awarded winemaking team.
And that is where I come in. I’ve got a tender, soft spot in my heart for Wolf Blass wines. Yes, they do make some expensive wines – the Yellow Label – but it’s the cheapies that really quite get my heart pumping and my palate salivating. You see, back when I was a poor student, Wolf Blass wines were all I could afford. Sure, I’d try to splurge up to something domestic and get a $20 Cabernet but honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference. Back then I liked to think—and I still do think this—that whatever drive, determination and energy Wolf Blass put into his expensive wines, he also put it into his inexpensive wines. The results are a wine that fires on all cylinders tasting like four times its regular price tag:
This is scrumptious Cabernet that you can just flat-out pound. It opens with blackcurrant, blackberry and plum touched by a savory use of oak, lending in vanilla undertones. The palate is smooth, generous and full-bodied, centered around a dark fruit structure.
I always liked it at its original price but now, we’ve got it for a steal. This July 4 I know you’ll be partying. Why not load up a couple of cases and party with the entire block!