Red Horse Ranch 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon


Well folks, it has been a long winter and finally warm weather has reached Ontario. Over the past few days, there has been a good bit of discussion over reviving FAB, as it seems to have fallen by the wayside over the winter. What better way to kick start things than with a review of some serious California red wine?

I have to admit that I’m very much a marketers dream in the wine store. Create a funky label with a catchy name and you can pretty much guarantee that I’ll buy your wine at least once. This weekend’s find, Red Horse Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, caught my eye for something other than a catchy design. The vineyard, Silver Stone, is located in Paso Robles. So what the heck does Paso Robles mean to a guy in Southern Ontario? Well, over in The Garage, our west coast guy, Aaron Von Minden took a bit of a road trip to Paso for an annual show. The road trip photos look like a trip back in time.

I just had to pick up a bottle of this 2005 vintage cab.

We have been drinking big, juicy Aussie Shiraz’s lately so I was pleased to find this Cab stands up to the bold taste we’ve acquired. What starts off as a dry light oak grows in the mouth to a nice jammy fruit. We had just tucked into a new chicken & sausage cacciatore recipe (recipe to follow) and were pleasantly surprised to find that the Paso Robles Cab has just enough acidity to set off the garlicy tomato sauce perfectly. What began as a random pairing turned out to be an absolutely perfect match.

In Ontario, you’ll find the Red Horse Ranch, 2005 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon in the Vintages section of your better stocked local LCBO.


  1. Yummy, next time I am in Ontario I will take you up on it. Now in keeping with the theme of foodies Across Borders, let me invite your readers to learn something about New York State Wines.
    Thanks a lot. Nice blog.

  2. Welcome to Foodies Rich, you’re home on the web is pretty sharp too!

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