Can’t tell you which vineyards contributed grapes, how they were farmed, exactly how much Cabernet is in the bottle (although, by law, it’s at least 75%), what kind of fermentation yeast were used or how it was aged (although we’d be shocked if it didn’t spend time in some kind of oak). There’s no famed winemaker involved and it’s certainly not “declassified” juice from some 100 point Napa superstar.
And yet. From the first sniff, during each sip, and right on through the fine-grained finish, this is unmistakably very nice Napa Valley Cabernet. Just for well less than half what you’d expect to pay for what you’re drinking. Stylish aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, cigar box, cedar and spice come up from the glass with ease. In the mouth there’s that classic Napa combination of big fruit, plush mid-palate texture, and firm, fine-grained, tannins that make this America’s classic steak wine. The dark berry and currant fruit get complexity from accents of sweet spice, cocoa powder, and sweet tobacco. And the fruit turns satisfyingly juicy on the lightly grippy, dry and easy, finish. It’s a heck of a bargain, folks, especially with a few years bottle aging to smooth things out. If you choose to keep the low price secret when you’re serving it to family and friends, we won’t break your cover.
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