I am typically against screw cap closures, but the Covey Run is a decent Cabernet at a really good price and I can overlook the screw cap. At $3.99 in Southern California money the wine is a real bargain. Certainly a couple of steps up the wine chain from Three Buck Chuck. You, Gentle Reader, may find it at a tad higher price, but it certainly shouldn't be more than $6.00 to $9.00.
The nose is tight and doesn't reveal much and, unfortunately, the cherry on the palate is bit cloying, which is an all too common affliction of inexpensive Cabernet. The good news is that a little aeration is helpful. Let this wine breath for a while or swirl it in the decanter. Or even just let it sit in the glass for a half hour.
Covey Run is a Columbia Valley winery with more than 800 acres of vineyards overlooking the Columbia River. The relatively mild, dry, high desert climate and long sunny days are ideal for growing grapes.
This wine is perfect for Tuesday night pizza and it's inexpensive enough to stock the bar for casual weekend get-togethers. It will compliment grilled brats, tri-tip, and spicy chicken.