Head-to-Head Cabernet Sauvignons - Hilltown Vineyards 2007 (~$7) and Rawnsley Estate 2007 (~$10)

The Hilltown Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Monterey County. There’s not much more I can say about it, really. It’s an innocuous wine, one that is admittedly “red” but which doesn’t stand out in any way, either on the nose or the palate.

The Rawnsley Estate 2007 Cab, sourced to Australia’s Barossa region (but not the more prestigious Barossa Valley) is a different story altogether. The nose is a promising mix of juicy black currant and peppery spice. The juiciness follows through on the palate, and indeed this Cab drinks somewhat like a Zinfandel fruit bomb (without the mouth-searing alcohol). With bright acidity and a soft tannic finish, this Aussie Cab is the very definition of a fruity, easygoing red.

Worth the extra $? Need you even ask?

Hilltown Score

Drinkability: 5/10
Price: 4.5/5

Total value: 9.5/15

Rawnsley Score

Drinkability: 8/10
Price: 4/5

Total value: 12/15

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