Sweet, ripe nose
Smooth texture in the mouth with plum and licorice on the palate
Moderate tannins and medium length finish
I was given this bottle as a gift a while back. After reading a couple of critics dismiss the wine as flat and boring, I didn't rush to open it. Finally, deciding I was in the mood for a Napa Valley Cab, I popped the cork and was pleasantly surprised. The wine had more character than I expected, it showed some nice layers, and I enjoyed drinking it. This was another great lesson in trusting my own palate.
As this was a gift, I didn't know the price until I looked it up. According to several sources, the suggested price is $25. Napa Valley Cab is expensive, so $25 is relatively cheap in that category. I hesitate to recommend this wine, though, because there is so much excellent red wine in the world for half the price. I hope that The Wine Cask blog continues to demonstrate this. Of course, nothing against Napa Valley or Clos Du Val. In fact, one of my favorite treats is a bottle of good California Cabernet Sauvignon. The reality is, though, it's usually an expensive treat and better value lies elsewhere for everyday enjoyment. Raise a glass!