Sample submitted for review. SRP of $18 and available for as low as $12.
From the bottle:
"Avalon Winery celebrates Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine expresses the finesse, strength and elegance for which Napa Valley is known. Grapes selected from vineyards in top appellations including Rutherford, Oakville and Howell Mountain were aged for a minimum of twelve months in French and American oak.
The 2012 Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon begins with pleasant aromas of black cherry, strawberry and other ripe red fruits, oak, and even a little tomato plant plus hints of vanilla and graham cracker. Tasting reveals savory, oaky Napa Valley goodness. Juicy plums, more black cherry, a little cranberry and those touches of vanilla and tomato plant from the nose are wrapped up in a smooth, silky texture. This wine spent a total of 16 months in a combination of French and American oak -- when you factor that in plus the ridiculous cost of Cabernet grapes from Napa Valley it's hard to believe you can buy it for as low as $12. It ends with a dusty, mouth-drying finish filled with lingering fruit, hints of spice and more vanilla.
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