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  • 2009 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (11/18/2017)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over a couple of hours.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ginger, lemon curd and wet stones. Flavors of apricots, peach wasser and minerals. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink now. (91 points)

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  • 2006 Domaine La Bouïssiere Gigondas – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas (11/18/2017)
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over several hours.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of dishwater, rose petals and mixed red fruit. Flavors of cherries, raspberries and rhubarb pie. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short term. (90 points)

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  • 2000 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (11/18/2017)
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over several hours.

    Garnet color in the glass, slightly dusty looking. Nose started with a little barnyard that eventual blew off followed by scents of tobacco, cherries and wet stones. Flavors of cherries, raspberries and plums. Tart acidity, resolved tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now. NOTE: blowing sediment at this point. (90 points)

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  • NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé – France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (11/18/2017)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Salmon color in the glass, clear looking throughout with tiny, steady beading. Nose of strawberry, cherry and flowers. Flavors of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

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Cabernet Grill
2805 S State Hwy 16
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone: (830) 990-5734
Cabernet Grill

Cabernet Grill Fredericksburg

Cabernet Grill Fredericksburg (courtesy of Cabernet Grill)

October 27, 2017

Cabernet Grill bills itself as a Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Located on the outskirts of Fredericksburg, Texas in the heart of Texas Hill & Wine Country Cabernet Grill offers up an array of Hill Country Grilled Fare in a pleasant, rustic environment.

I started my meal with the Hill Country Caesar Salad ($8.00). This Central Texas version of it’s namesake classic is made with fresh whole leaves of Romaine lettuce topped with a creamy garlic dressing, pecorino cheese and peppered croutons. It was good albeit a little small in size and a bit hot tasting from a little too much horseradish. Still, it made for a nice start to the meal while waiting for my entree.

My entree for the evening was the Lobster Topped Chicken Fried Certified Angus Beef Ribeye ($29.00). It was good and odd at the same time. Topped with a green chile cream gravy I’d say remove the lobster and add some more fresh sliced green chile to the gravy and kick up that aspect for a spicy southwestern chicken fried steak in lieu of the lobster presentation. The richness of the lobster was just too much on top of the richness of the fried steak in addition to the rich cream gravy. Too much of a good thing. The three cheese grits were a good side. The vegetable melody was inedible due to an aroma exactly the same as TCA taint. I’d pass on this entree next time.

My dining partner and myself wrapped up the evening with the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake ($8.00). This sugar bomb was rich, heavy handed on the chocolate and sugar from the three types of chocolates laced with dense cheesecake slices. This is definitely a dessert to split between two people. It is too big for one with so much sugar. A couple of spoonfuls per person is more than enough.

Service was good although at times our server seemed a bit over the top with his comments. Kitchen service was a good pace.

Cabernet Grill features an all Texas wine list. We had a 2016 Lewis Cellars Rose High Plains that paired effectively with the two spicy entrees we had. Plenty of choices to match your meals and overall Texas wines are greatly improved over just a decade ago so go local and enjoy.

Reservations are highly recommended. Major credit cards are accepted. Attire is Casual Friday; Jeans or Slacks plus a nice button down shirt are mandatory in my opinion. Parking is in the lot and street along the restaurant.

Conclusion: Cabernet Grill is a good Fredericksburg dining option. Not necessarily a destination all on it’s own but I wouldn’t hesitate to return if I was in town.

  • 2005 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder – USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder (11/16/2017)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, soapstone, black currants and dark plums. Flavors of loganberries, black cherries and a but of dark plum on the medium to long finish. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the next 2-3 years. NOTE: it is blowing some sediment at this time. (93 points)

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  • 2015 Carlisle Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain (11/13/2017)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over two hours.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of kumquat, apricot and lychee. Flavors of lychee, peach and apricot. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink or hold. Drinking really well right now. (91 points)

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