Review: Berenda Road Cabernet Sauvignon

My other half’s family lives on property in Temecula fit with a donkey, a mule, turtles, barn cats, a Great Dane, a Border Collie, cockatiels and chickens. They don’t have vineyards, but there are plenty in nearby wine country.

The last time he went up to visit he brought me back wine from some local wineries. One of them was Berenda Road Cabernet Sauvignon.


The wine, which is made by South Coast Winery, was a hit with several friends who came over to our place for an advanced screening of “Girls.” Drinking wine is to sipping a cosmopolitan as “Girls” is to watching “Sex and The City” eight years ago. If that SAT-style comparison gave you a headache, you’ll be glad to know that Berenda Road Cabernet Sauvignon won’t.

The herby, rich Cabernet tasted like ripe berries. Although the bottle descries it as having a “warm oak character” it didn’t taste too oaky to me. It was hard to describe during intermissions between episodes, but I was trying to get across to my fellow wine drinkers that to me it tasted tightly-wound. All the flavors were packed together. At $10 or less a bottle, it’s a great value.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Berenda Road, South Coast Winery
  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Origin: Temecula
  • Vintage: Didn’t see it on the bottle, but I could have missed it…
  • Price: $10
  • Alcohol content: 14.3%
  • When to drink: This Cabernet is a good one to bring to a dinner party. It’s inexpensive, but will taste like it costs more. it’s very “approachable” as the label says. Everyone who drank it at my house enjoyed it. So, definitely a crowd-pleaser.