Review: 2011 Challis Lane Cabernet Sauvignon

This was the last of a recent BevMo 5 cent wine sale grab and I was sort of sad my haul ended on a meh note.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is fine, but it’s nothing special. When I first sipped it, I felt like it fell flat on the tongue. I think that’s because it’s light; I prefer fuller-bodied Cabs. Bottom line: there’s better Cabs out there.

This wine is Ruby-red in color and fruity–to me, it tasted like cherries. The bottle says it evokes flavors of raspberries and blueberries, but I didn’t taste that medley.


After being underwhelmed, I used the Cab in a steak wine marinade I whipped together using soy sauce, honey and worcestershire┬ásauce. Now, that I’d recommend. I’ll share the recipe in another blog post.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Challis Lane
  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Origin: Manteca, Calif.
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Price: $9.95 (But I got it for 5 cents)
  • Alcohol content: 13%
  • When to drink: On a Tuesday, when you’re watching re-runs of Law & Order and you’re hankering for a glass of wine, but aren’t searching for something to knock your socks off,