Cat 5 Earns Praise

The Wine Cellar: North Carolina Wine of the Month

....from the on-line partner of Winston-Salem Journal - Feb 22, 2008

by Michael Hastings, Journal Food Editor

Cat 5 Cabernet Logo
RayLen Vineyards 2006 Category 5.

Cost: $18.

Review: Winemaker Steve Shepard likes to blend wines, and the Category 5 shows what he can do. This wine’s name reflects its five red grapes. It is 54 percent cabernet sauvignon and 21 percent merlot, with smaller amounts of cabernet franc, petit verdot and syrah. It smells of dark berries and plums, and hints of leather and tobacco. It’s a full-bodied wine, but its smooth tannins make it easy to drink. It tastes of lots of ripe fruit, with touches of coffee and tar, especially on the lingering finish. Serve with burgers, filet mignon and grilled and roasted meats. RayLen makes another, more expensive premium red blend called Eagle’s Select.