In the latest issue of my wine subm, I had the pleasure of reviewing a hidden gem from the Stags Leap District – a dark ruby, luxurious Napa Cabernet, retailing for just $20 at Costco. This delightful find showcases a medley of vibrant fruit flavors, ranging from blackberries and blueberries to plums and cherries, while also teasing the nose with hints of oak, earthy spices, and velvety dark chocolate. A medium-bodied wine with a well-balanced acidity, it boasts nice long legs that make it an exceptionally smooth and elegant choice.
The Napa Cabernet exudes a certain youthful charm and has a fruity and dry palate, laced with layers of oak, vanilla, and spices that create a complex, harmonious taste. The long finish is punctuated with firm, yet young, tannins, and a touch of tart cherries. Although it is already enjoyable, allowing it to age gracefully for a few more years would undoubtedly enhance its flavors and make it an even more sublime choice to enjoy with a variety of foods, such as smoky BBQ meats.
This particular Cabernet is grown on volcanic clay soil with 50-year-old vines, which explains the captivating flavor profile. Currently, the wine still exhibits some subtle vegetable notes that will likely dissipate with time. Letting it breathe and open for at least 2 hours before indulging will offer the best sensory experience. With an alcohol content of 14.3%, this exquisite Napa Cabernet is an excellent value, satisfying both the palate and the wallet. Don’t miss out on the chance to give it a try!
Rating = 92 Points
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