Review: 2012 Pacific Redwood Organic Cabernet Sauvignon

When I left my old job recently to start a new adventure, a wine-loving friend gave me a bottle of the 2012 Pacific Redwood Organic Cabernet Sauvignon with this premise: It was the best organic wine that he’s ever had.

I was a little skeptical of organic wine, admittedly, and was also skeptical of wine from Redwood Valley with a bunch of trees on the label–all very superficial concerns, I know.

The wine was tart on the intake–perhaps my fault for not letting breathe, I can be a bit impatient–but then the Cab sweetened up a bit, leaving me thinking, eh. By the finish, I experienced a little kick of spice.


This is definitely some fruit-forward business that was kind of vanilla-y all wrapped up in some round tannins.

The bottle explains that this wine “contains only naturally occurring sulfates.” Sulates are preservatives, so important to keep wine fresh, especially whites. However, I am technically allergic to sulfates. But I love wine. I know, it’s a conundrum. Basically I get a very flush face and neck when I drink wine. I don’t notice it as much as my drinking partner, so that’s a plus. I did notice that I didn’t get as flush from drinking this wine, real effects or placebo, perhaps?

The label also notes that the wine is vegan. That got me thinking, which wine isn’t?! That subject to be tackled in a future blog post. Have some guidance for me? Tell me in the comments?

Nuts & Bolts:

  • Winery: Pacific Redwood
  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Origin: Redwood Valley
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Price: gifted; $10 on
  • Alcohol content: 12.8%
  • When to drink: With all your hippie vegan friends while camping

5 comments for “Review: 2012 Pacific Redwood Organic Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. November 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I’m here in OR for a year and found your Pacific Redwood Cab at Capella Market in Eugene and loved it. I’d like to:
    1. explore how we can carry this in our restaurant in Maine and,
    2. how can I sent a couple of bottles to my son-in-law in NH (who loves Cab S.) for Christmas
    Thank you for your attention.

    • wineforthewin
      April 9, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Well, I don’t make the wine! I just review it. A friend of mine said they saw it at Costco. Would work well for a restaurant table wine!

  2. Kate
    December 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Wine “fined” with bone, albumen, casein, isinglass, gelatin, fish oil, or any other animal product is not vegan. Same story for beer.

    Frey has a solid line of vegan organics, many of which I have had whilst wearing patchouli in the woods.

  3. ElizaBeth
    December 29, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I’m trying to find out who makes Pacific Redwood Wines. Is it Frey of Redwood Valley? Why is it such a mystery?

    • wineforthewin
      April 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Yaknow, I don’t know and can’t find online either! Maybe one its retailers will know. Here are more details from wine searcher. A friend mentioned they saw the wine at Costco, but I haven’t had it since someone gifted me the bottle.

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