SRP of $12 and available widely for as low as $7-$8, including at Costco. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Avalon Winery produces only Cabernet Sauvignon. CAB is made from grapes grown in vineyards from appellations with optimum growing conditions for Cabernet and then aged a minimum of eight months in French and American oak barrels.
C – Complex dark berry fruit flavors.
A – Aromatic anise, spice and vanilla.
B – Barrel aged for richness and toastiness.
The 2012 Avalon CAB begins with a pleasant and fruity aroma of blackberry and plum plus a little spice. Taking a sip reveals quite a tasty wine with lots of jammy and ripe dark berry fruit, nice oaky spice and touches of vanilla. The fruit turns a bit sweet and tart leading into the long finish of lingering spice. This one doesn’t have quite have the complexity of the Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that received our highest Bulk Buy rating, but it also sells for $5 less. At $7-$8 this wine offers a ton of value and a lot of Cabernet character.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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