Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rating: *** 2003 Napa Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, CA

I had to do a bit of checking to see if this "Napa Creek" cabernet actually hailed from Napa Valley, CA. As you may know, the Bronco Wine Company for years was challenged for putting wines from outside Napa Valley into its "Napa" labeled wines. Lately, driven in part by changed California regulations, the wines in the Napa Creek and Napa Ridge labelings do, in fact, come from the Napa region.

I call this a "practically free" wine. My bottle cost, I believe $7 or $8 from Trader Joe's. It ranges up to twice that price in other retail outlets.

Medium dark cherry in the glass. Black cherry smell with an almost over-the-top ripe aroma. On the palate, a sweet first flush of light milk chocolate fruit, big round middle and sweet gentle finishing tannins. Not layered or complex, but sure pleasant enough. Three stars out of five. Quite serviceable for the ridiculously low price.

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