Grawlix Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 | $150 Cab for $25?!
Grawlix Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 presents a nose practically exploding with Damson plum. While wrapped in vanilla, loamy soil, tons of blue fruit, with a touch of licorice and dried herbs. Yet, seductively smooth and open-knit on the palate, balancing velvety, ripe tannins and assertive acidity. Deep, plush, and precise, with lingering notes of roasted coffee beans on the finish. And there’s a savory touch here that would send your serotonin levels sky-high when paired with a rack of ribs or a Roquefort-topped burger fresh off the grill.
F-bomb dropping Winemaker ‘Ivan’ makes F-bomb amazing Cabs for his Friends!
An object of some mythos in Sonoma winemaking circles. So, Ivan grew up a military brat, served three years in active infantry at Fort Bragg, andcaught the wine bug. Then going on to apprentice for some of the marquee names in Napa. He’s made high-end bottles in Napa and Sonoma. Now think $150 pitch-perfect Saint-Émilion lookalikes—that critics couldn’t get enough of. He’s been flying solo ever since, honing his unerring instinct for what people actually want to drink, balancing easy-drinking refreshment with hand-crafted finesse and complexity that can cellar for decades.
So you said you want to try what I’ve been working on? We walked over to the table. Outside the moon was cresting over the tops of the trees. “I’ll lay it out for you upfront—take it or leave it. I don’t make wine for the critics anymore. I’ve played that game. I make the kind of wine that my friends and I want to drink every day. And most of my friends ain’t winemakers—they’re policemen, cooks, teachers.”
Every under $30 Cab Drinkers Dream Wine
He picked up the unlabeled bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, the liquid inside a deep, glossy magenta, splashed some in a glass, and handed it to us. Within 30 seconds, we realized this was every under-$30 Cab drinker’s dream wine.
A Roy Lichtenstein postcard pinned over his dinosaur of a desktop computer gave us the inspiration for the label. And so late one moonlit night in Sonoma in between cleaning tanks, Grawlix—an F-bomb-droppingly good Cabernet Sauvignon—was born. So here it is, a $24.99 Cabernet, that easily could’ve commanded triple digits.