2014 Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon Variations “American Oak” North Coast, California

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Herzog Cellars is a celebration wine for any occasion. If that celebration requires “keeping kosher” then this is your go-to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Herzog has been making award-winning kosher wines in America for more than three decades and their history with winemaking dates back to Philip Herzog, who made wine in Slovakia for the Austro-Hungarian court more than a century ago. Philip’s wines were so appreciated by Emperor Franz-Josef, that the emperor made Philip a Baron.

The Variations series are wines from the same vineyards but aged nine months in either 100% new American Oak or 100% new French Oak. This wine has generous and inviting aromas of berry, vanilla and some sage with dill in the background.

In the mouth, this Cabernet Sauvignon is rich but not heavy; bone dry, but juicy; a very pleasurable experience overall. The American Oak lends a sweetness with the vanilla overtones that is perplexing, yet enjoyable. The finish is elegant and persistent. Bold enough to be paired with smoked meats, but will pair equally well with grilled or braised beef.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $35 | 15.0 % ABV