The folks at Asti Winery in Sonoma, CA did a nice job on the 2005 Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon.¬†
Cellar No. 8 is named after a cellar in the Asti Winery in Sonoma¬† County, California, which was founded by Italian immigrant Andrea Sbarboro in the early 1880′s.¬† Sbarboro named the winery after the Asti region in Northern Italy and incorporated Italian winemaking methods in the winery.¬† The winery was later bought by Beringer, which was subsequently bought by the Foster’s Group from Australia.
Currently little-to-no marketing behind the Cellar No. 8 brand.¬† At least I haven’t come across any.¬† So I’m not sure what Foster’s is¬†planning for¬†this brand.¬† The only current online promotion is on the Foster’s corporate site.
While they figure out how they want to market this brand, I’ll just enjoy it.
The Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 shows tobacco, Bing cherries, leather and a hint of strawberry on the nose.¬† There’s a nice presence of fruit, but it’s not a fruit¬†bomb.¬† Cherries, blackberries and plum are well blended on the palate.¬† It’s very well balanced.¬† The finish is silky smooth with a bit of pepper.
I gave it a 90 and bought some more to¬†enjoy.¬†
Wine: Cellar No. 8
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price Paid: $9.99