Wine of the week: Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Published March 6 2018

If youíre a country music fan with a taste for cabernet, Zac Brown has you covered.

The country music star has collaborated with winemaker John Killebrew to produce Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged wines, which share their name with the Zac Brown Bandís Grammy-winning 2013 album. (Love the handsome owl in flight that graces the wine labels.)

The cabernet sauvignon, widely available at about $17, is made from grapes from Northern California vineyards, aged in French and American oak.

The wine is a rich, deep purple with aromas of mocha, fig and baking spice. Itís full of flavors of dark fruit: black cherry, blackberry, plum, accented with hints of black pepper and nutmeg. On the finish, taste coffee and chocolate, a whiff of tobacco, firm tannins.

This cabernet would pair beautifully with tacos filled with braised short ribs and pickled red onions. Try it with a thick ribeye, grilled and slathered with spicy, herby chimichurri. Or serve it with the title dish of one of Brownís biggest hits: Chicken Fried.

Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer