Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Vampire Cabernet SauvignonVampire Cabernet Sauvignon wine is produced and bottled by Vampire Vineyards in Napa, California, USA.

In this review you’ll get the alcohol content, price, taste, aroma and more of this red wine that says “Sip the Blood of the Vine.”

From the bottle label:  “Since 1988 we’ve been making our fine wines available to the outside world.  Now you can read about our origins in the sensational new novel, “A Walk in the Sun” by Lisa Dominique Machat.”

According to the wine’s website, Michael Machat came up with the Vampire name in 1985 during a night time drive.  His idea was met with skepticism but he continued to pursue a vision which took him from Transylvania (seriously, not kidding) to California, where the wine is now produced.

Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon Review

For this review, I tasted the 2013 vintage of this wine.


Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon is quite dark as is typical for most Cabernets.  The wine’s color is dark garnet in the glass with just the slightest hint of rust.  Minimal light shines through.

It’s very leggy with evenly spaced thin legs that flow slowly down the sides of the glass.  There is great consistency in the size and spacing of the legs.


The wine’s aroma is noticeable from up to two feet away when poured.  On the nose you get pleasant black cherry mixed with a bit of blackberry.

In terms of a noticeable aroma of alcohol, you only get a very slight sting in your nose from this wine.

Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon alcohol content 13.5% by volume, per the bottle.


The wine’s taste is not nearly as rich as you might expect given the dark aromas.

The flavor is typical Cabernet Sauvignon, warm and full bodied with notes of black fruits and a bit of oak.  Nicely balanced and quite enjoyable!

Mouthfeel and Tannins

Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon has a silky mouthfeel.

Tannins are noticeable but still soft and supple.  Classic “good tannins” that are noticeable all over the palate.


The wine’s finish is medium to long and carried equally by the flavors and the tannins.  Again, great balance with this Cabernet.

Overall Opinion

Overall I’m quite pleased and, frankly, surprised with Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon.  Given the wine’s name I was really expecting it to be similar to an Apothic Dark and be heavy in flavor.

Instead you get a well crafted Cabernet Sauvignon that has all its pieces and parts playing well together.  It’s not overly complex but it is a great sippable Cab.

Recommend!  Don’t be afraid of the Vampire.

Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon price $13.99.

I think I just saw a bat fly by.

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