Cocobon Red Blend Review

Cocobon Red Blend comes from Cocobon Vineyards in Livermore, California, USA.

The grapes for this wine were harvested during October and November of 2015 and the blended varietals are Petite Sirah, Merlot and Zinfandel.

Also, this wine has recently won a couple of awards.  The 2012 vintage was deemed a “Best Buy” from Wine Enthusiast and the 2015 vintage was awarded 92 points in the 2017 Ultimate Wine Challenge event.

Cocobon Red Blend Wine Review

Cocobon Red BlendI tasted the 2015 vintage of Cocobon Vineyards Red Blend.

From the bottle:

We’ve sourced grapes from the finest California vineyards to handcraft a rich, silky red blend with a soft, luxurious finish.


This wine pours dark purple in color and is not as dark as many blends are these days.

Light shines through, leaving red reflections on the table.

A tip and spin results in the wine coating the glass nicely and very slow falling legs to appear.


I noted subtle whiffs of black raspberry upon opening the bottle and pouring the wine.

Up close the aromas changed to a balanced mix of vanilla and red fruits.

I didn’t notice any significant whiff of alcohol, but I did notice a bit of clove or allspice once the wine had a chance to breathe.

Cocobon Red Blend alcohol content 13.5% by volume, per the bottle.  Yay!  Not overly alcoholic.

After just enjoying the aroma, my expectations were set for a fruit forward taste and soft elegance.


And I was right!

The flavor is a good mix of raspberry and blackberry that evolves into a note of vanilla.

I found the taste to be quite lovely and immediately said to myself “This is definitely a soft sipper.”

Mouthfeel and Tannins

Cocobon’s mouthfeel is quite silky with tannins that are very soft.  They take awhile to develop on your palate.

Once they do develop, they remain subtle and noticeable all over the palate.


Finish is long lasting and rich.  The vanilla note just sits on your tongue for awhile.

There’s also a smooth evolution from the flavors to the tannins that I find impressive with this wine.

Overall Opinion

Given the price I paid (see below), this wine is fabulous!  While it’s not overly complex, it is highly enjoyable and will be on my short list of wines to bring to social events and dinners.


Cocobon Red Blend price $7.99 making it a great Under $10 value wine.

Suggested Food Pairing

Cocobon suggests pairing this wine with roasted lamb and mint coulis.  Sounds perfect to me!


  1. My wife and I have just opened a bottle of Cocobon Red Blend. I’m not sure where or when we got it, but we must have had it for a while because it has dust on it. Perhaps it was one brought by a dinner guest and not served. We’ve been enjoying it immensely, and Googling to find out more about it while our dinner cooks. While we are not much into comments such as “notes of wild blueberries” and “long rich finish,” we like it and will buy more.

  2. The company I work for just gave for each employee a bottle and I really did like it’s really good with a cigar very fine taste I normally don’t drink wine but this on I do recommend

  3. You state that it is not complex..but with all the nuances you stated it sounds complex to me and from what you state it must be good. I have had many wines across the board and at just about every price range up to $100. It also depends on if you like blends, or single vintages of Cabernet or zinfandel. For under $10.00 dollars it tastes better than most of the wines I have had at the 91-93 rating. Makes you wonder about all these wine experts.. who like musty wine. For me fresh, lively, vanilla, berry, chocolate and spice makes a great wine and yes it is fabulous!!.

    1. Thanks for commenting!

      To be clear, I like this wine a lot and have since bought it several times.

      It’s definitely an excellent value.

      I do think, though, that while it has SOME complexity with the red fruits shifting to a vanilla note, that’s not an uncommon transition to find in a red blend.

      Now, if it had transitioned from fruit to spice to vanilla and presented a surprise in the mouthfeel or with its finish, I probably would have labeled it complex.

      So, I’m going to stick to my original thoughts on this one… “not overly complex.”

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, too. They help the readers make their purchasing decisons and I appreciate you taking the time to type up your well considered comment. Cheers! Jon

  4. I did try this wine after reading your review. Definitely worth buying and sipping for the price. I will hopefully get it again.

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