Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wine Review: Amicus Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 (NW)

Fragrant and floral nose
Dark berries and cherry on the palate
Moderate tannins on the oaky finish

I wasn't sure what to expect from this wine because I wasn't at all familiar with the label. A colleague ordered this for our table at a business dinner. As it turns out, it's a very small production Napa Valley wine which produced only 100 cases. The restaurant had it priced at $90 and I believe it goes for $45-50 in wine stores.

The basic flavor and texture of the wine is nice, but it seems a little muted. Nothing really jumped out at me, which is disappointing for a wine at this price. As a result, this 2001 isn't exactly a good value wine and it would be hard for me to recommend under most circumstances. However, if you see this on a wine list in the future and are looking to try something that may be hard to fine, it's worth a shot especially since it is a small production wine that's probably crafted with great care. Raise a glass!

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