"This was a pleasant discovery during my recent tastings for this value report. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Syrah, Merlot, and Petite Sirah. Its dark ruby/plum color is followed by sweet aromas of black currants, smoke, damp earth, licorice, and spice. Medium-bodied and pure with silky tannins as well as a surprisingly long finish, it should drink well for 5-8 years. It has been at least twenty years since I have had a Napa Cabernet this good for under $15 a bottle."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Deep ruby colored, our 2005 wine shines in the glass. Blueberry and plum nuances from the Syrah complement the dark cherry and black raspberry
characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Supple texture and forward fruit flavors are balanced and enhanced by aging in French and American barrels. Oak aging provides a lingering note of toasted oak and vanilla while giving breadth and depth
on the palate. The wine should continue to develop over the next 4-7 years.
Very muscular cab (made more interesting by the addition of Syrah and Petite Sirah to the blend), but not too hot (alcohol level doesn't overpower), and with that characteristically velvety bordeaux quality. Exceedingly long finish to this wine, with lots of black pepper and blueberries on the palate. I'm with Robert Parker on this one--one of the best inexpensive cabs I've had in years.
stick with the Napa one on Avalon - the cab never disappoints..dependable and great
This bottle was a wonderful surprise. Priced at $11, it drinks like a $30 bottle. We were so impressed that I bought 4 additional cases. This is a great daily drinker and good enough for company.