27 Oct Happy Halloween – Ghost Pines 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Perhaps it’s a marketing gimmick
or maybe it’s simply wine producers
just wanting to have a little fun.
Regardless of the reason, there are dozens of everyday, inexpensive wines
with names that evoke evil, horror and dismembered body parts.
There’s Phantom, Bewitched, Freakshow, River of Skulls, Dead Arm, Sinister Hand,
Big Red Monster, Dracula Pinot Noir and Macabre Merlot to name a few.
Spoiler alert: though a wine with a frightening name
might seem just the thing for Halloween sipping,
many of the wines with the scary name
also taste a little scary too.
It’s Wine Thursday!
Every Thursday, we check out a wine that is priced right
and is easy to find at the store or online.
This week, we’re highlighting a wine that has one of those
Halloween-type names but there’s actually nothing gimmicky
about the name…or the wine.
Where it’s from
The Ghost Pines winery is located in eastern Napa Valley.
The name is a reference to a type of tree…the grey pine…
that “looms mysteriously along the hillsides”.
So sure, there is a hint of mystery in the name
but there’s nothing contrived about this winery’s output.
For years, Ghost Pines has been a reliable producer
of low-to-mid-range reds and whites.
What it is
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of
Ghost Pines’ approach of going where the good grapes are every vintage.
The ’19 is a blend of Cabernet grapes sourced from Sonoma County,
Lake County and Napa County.
Year in and year out, Ghost Pines consistently gets it right.
This is a dry, medium-bodied wine that tastes of
plums, blackberries, vanilla and oak.
There are hints of spice and chocolate topping it off.
You should be able to find this for under 20 bucks.
For that price, this is a solid offering in California Cabernet.
Where to buy it
Ghost Pines 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is at Total Wine for $16.97.
Vons has it for $17.77. The price at QFC is $17.99.
Target, Fred Meyer and Ralphs all carry it for $19.99.
It’s at Safeway for $20.99. Albertsons’ listed price is $24.99.
Bevmo has it for $25.99.
You can order it from Buy Wines Online for $15.95
The price at Empire Wine is $16.95
and it’s at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace for $16.99