The 2013 cabernet sauvignon from Dark Horse is full-bodied with sweet spice and firm tannins. Ideal for motel room, mid-afternoon drinking. 

The 2013 cabernet sauvignon from Dark Horse is full-bodied with sweet spice and firm tannins. Ideal for motel room, mid-afternoon drinking. 

When you find yourself in a clean, but no frills motel room in a suburb of Memphis (on the Mississippi side) with your husband and your parents and you’ve got time to kill before heading out for Memphis BBQ on a Friday night, there’s only one thing to be done. Drink some wine out of a plastic cup with Ramada’s logo. Were we staying at a Ramada, you ask…? Nope. 

Joel and I made our way to the store and came back with a gem of a cabernet sauvignon then knocked on my parents’ door and invited them down to room 103 for happy hour. We happened to have some organic blue corn tortilla chips, hummus and cashews, too. So, we spread our bounty out on the motel room table, gathered round, and toasted to quality time, sans the clanking of actual glass. 

I first heard of Dark Horse during SXSW 2015. I think a friend of ours—and one whose taste in wine I trust—was at their party and tweeted profusely about them. Thus, when I saw the Dark Horse label in the neighborhood liquor store and the price was right, I grabbed it. I’ve made decisions about wine with far less information in the past.

Back at the motel, we tore the plastic from our Ramada cups and poured our find. This cab is a beautiful garnet color with aromas of nutmeg and cherry—who wouldn’t want to drink that? On the palate it is full-bodied with flavors of cocoa and black fruit. It’s spicy and has plenty of tannins.

We paid $14 for this bottle because we were a bit off the beaten path, but in a larger store, I’m sure you could pick it up for a few dollars less.

Dark Horse offers several other varietals that I look forward to trying. 

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