WINE REVIEW: Intercept Limited Edition Hall of Fame 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA ($150)
by Andrew Chalk
Intercept is the appropriately chosen wine label of Charles Woodson. His claim to fame is…
Drafted 4th overall by the Raiders in 1998
Defensive Rookie of the Year /18-year pro career
2009 Defensive Player of the Year/ 9x All-Star
Only player to earn 60+ interceptions and 20+ sacks
XLV World Champion with the Packers
65 Career Interceptions
First Ballot Enshrinee into the Hall of Fame
That, apparently, is just the start because now Charles Woodson is excelling in his second act -- winery owner.
This central coast Cabernet Sauvignon would be hard to pick out in a blind tasting lineup of Napa cabernet sauvignons, save for it being less herbal in the nose and on the palate. Such a difference would follow in the footsteps of other prominent central coast cabernets such as Daou, Justin, and Ancient Peaks.
What Woodson’s offers is a nose of black cherry, French oak, smoke and thyme. A palate full of explosive fruit (those black cherries), grippy tannins that grasp on to thyme and wood flavors. Sure it will age 10 years, hopefully to an even more multi-layered expression in which the tannins and fruit flavors become fully resolved. But if you have to, open it now and savor it to the sacks and intercepts of a live NFL game, or with a prime ribeye. Well done Charles. Your NFL career looked unimpeachable. But now you are writing your own next chapters.