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Friday, May 11, 2012

Napa Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 - A Classy California Cab

Napa Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 - A Classy California Cab

98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot from Napa Valley, California.

SRP of $26 and available for as low as $16. Sample received courtesy Balzac Communications for review purposes.

From the bottle:
"This sophisticated, full-bodied Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines flavors of ripe blackberry, cherry, clove and cedar while pleasant toasty oak notes linger on the finish. May be enjoyed now or cellared for additional complexity. This opulent wine complements any beef dish and other grilled or roasted red meats.

14.0% Alcohol"
Today's wine is another from Napa Cellars, a producer that is quickly making my short list. If you remember we first sampled the Napa Cellars Merlot and were quite frankly blown away. We followed that up with their excellent Zinfandel. And today we come to the Cabernet Sauvignon. To be honest, when these wines first arrived I was a little wary of the quality because all these bottles are so heavy! It must have been my cynical side, because I was worried they were just trying to create the impression of a really expensive wine without really delivering. I know now there are no worries about the quality at all.

The 2008 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon begins with delicious aromas of berries, spice, licorice, violet and a little chocolate. I could smell this one all day. The wine tastes smooth with luscious fruit flavors. It also features wonderful, integrated tannins and great structure. The flavors when tasting (berries, licorice and spice) are the same as bouquet but the spice is more prominent. It ends with a long, lingering finish of fruit and spice with just a hint of dark chocolate. This is a really excellent wine. Even at $16 this wine is a steal and will have your guests thinking you spent twice as much.

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Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 5
Overall Rating: 8.0

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