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9 Mar


Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s hard to believe that it was only a few weeks ago when we first embarked on this mission to become a more well-informed wine connoisseur.

And, although it feels like it was just yesterday. Here we are, ready for the last and final step, step four of the 4 S’s.

In case you are just joining us, you can quickly catch up by checking out step one here, step two here, and step three here.

Now let’s dive into the fourth and my personal favorite ‘S’.


We all know that taste is very much influenced by smell.

As we take our first sip of wine, we should slurp or aspirate as we sip, swish the wine around and let it sit in your mouth for a moment. Allow the wine to get to know all of your taste buds, then swallow.

Now we begin to think about the taste. Did we like it, or not? Is it what we expected? Are we able to taste any of the scents we picked up when we first smelled it? Did it feel like it coated your mouth? Did it make your mouth feel dry? Was it sweet, or did it make you pucker? Just a few things to think about… 🙂

Once we have evaluated the wine in our minds, we simply continue sipping at our own pace… Enjoy!
Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Now that we’ve got our fourth and final ‘S’ down we are ready to wine taste with the best of them! And, although we have so much more to learn about wine, this was an excellent start. Don’t you agree?

Now let’s chat about this Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.


Average price: $39.00
Winery: Rutherford
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley, California, USA
Regional style: Californian Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Pairing: Beef · Game (deer, venison) · Blue Cheese (cabrales, roquefort)
Wine style: Red – Rich, Full, Spicy, Complex & Oaky
Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon


Before I begin to share my thoughts on this particular bottle of wine. Let me begin by giving you a bit of backstory so I may better share my experience with you.

On a recent trip to Costco, while walking through the meat section. My boyfriend and I came across something that is seldom seen, if ever. A little package containing two perfect beautiful thick New York strips! There it sat, amongst all the other packages containing no less than enough to feed a family of five. We don’t eat steak too often and knew this pair of steaks would be perfect for our occasional steak dinner. We grabbed the package, placed it in our basket and went about our business with a big smile on our face. Like we had just scored.

That weekend I prepared the steaks with a simple sprinkling of salt and pepper. Next, I added a modest amount of butter and a little olive oil to a well-heated cast iron pan. The steaks were then seared and finished in the oven (my favorite preparation). I decided to serve them with a light kale salad on the side.

I decided that a Cabernet would be the perfect sip to go with such a bold piece of beef. So I chose this Athenaeum 2015. I let the wine breathe for a couple of hours before serving it, giving it enough time to air. And let me tell you after the very first sip I know it was going to pair beautifully with this meal. It has a wonderful fruity taste, medium bodied, but the finish… oh so smooth. I very much enjoyed this sip and gave it four and a half stars on Vivino.

Let me know if you are enjoying these Friday sips posts. Is there is a particular wine you would like me to review for you? I’d also love to hear what your favorite California Cabernet is!

Cheers to a happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for reading. x -j

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