Review: 2007 Oberon Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

When you bring a 1.5L bottle of wine to a party, you sure turn heads.

I was heading to Echo Park Hills last weekend for a party in a gorgeous California abode with a luxurious view of downtown Los Angeles and decided to bring along the 1.5L bottle I won from the Oberon Wines video competition. 

I was hoping to save the wine for a quaint dinner party at my place, but it was so hot in Los Angeles last week, that the cork started to shimmy its way out of the bottle on its own. The wine was basically screaming “Drink me tonight!” And I acquiesced.

Toting it with me to the party, sure got guests’ attention. It’s a big bottle and people were surprised to see it, especially because it was autographed by the winemaker himself, Tony Coltrin.


Rather than over fancy dinner conversation, I sipped this Cabernet Sauvignon in a red solo cup while playing drunk Jenga. Yes, I consistently pulled the “beer wench” block, to my dismay, but unlike the another unlucky soul, I did not have to put my “head on table” for three minutes.

I wish I had this wine under different circumstances. I’m not sure if it was the heat or the fact that the cork had slid out a bit before I fully opened it hours later, letting some air in, but by the time I got to drink it, the wine seemed to have gone flat.

It was thin and had a faint berry taste, but it was heavy on the ashtray. By that, I mean it had a strong taste of tobacco. The wine had a bit of an alcoholic burn at the beginning, but that quickly went away after the first glass.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Oberon Wines
  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Origin: Napa Valley
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Price: I won it!
  • Alcohol content: Unknown
  • When to drink: I can tell you when not to drink it: at a house party serving Kirkland beer and Tito’s vodka. Different vibe, different time preferred.