Napa Cabernet is to me big, bold and beautiful. Sonoma is more refined, less in your face and more about finesse. Both are delicious, both have a time and a place. I often think that Napa is synonymous with Cab and Sonoma is relegated to Pinot. I wonder what gives me those thoughts…..
This wine was good, smooth and silky. It showed up as a lighter shade of purple in the glass and had a nice bouquet of dark fruits and jam. On the palate I noted rich plums and berry compote. Good acidity and fine-grained tannins were also noted and the wine had a good length to it. It packed an unnoticeable 14.4% alcohol and did not show any heat whatsoever, a deft hand in the cellar. Later on I got dried figs and blue berry on the finish which was really delicious. We served this up at a birthday dinner with some grilled meats and Chorizo sausage. It was a perfect match and I would highly recommend it. 90 points from me and 4 stars for this $44 effort. It could use some short term cellaring, but is drinking nicely and will do so for another 5 years minimum. Salut….