Sunday, April 12, 2015

Face Off of Value-priced California Cabernet Sauvignon: *** Noble Vines 337 Lodi and *** Avalon Napa, 2012


Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa.

Original tasting and review : This is Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 13.8% alcohol, aged in barrel for 12 months and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.

In the glass: Medium deep magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fragrant furry red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy, bright and fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing some classic Napa red fruit, lifted with plenty of acids and a touch of balancing tannins.  Bright exterior wants some bold food to cut the plentiful acidity. Balanced modest finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Decent value given prices of Napa juice.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi.

Original tasting and review : This is Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California, 2012, finished at 14.5% alcohol and also first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.

In the glass: Deep ruddy magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, soft berry character.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fruit-forward but perhaps generic.

On the palate: The primary element on the palate is in fact a blended red berry mix - think red raspberries and currants - with a soft surround sound of a touch of tannins and acids.  A wine that is round enough to sip on its own, but would settle well with food.  Finish is clean, of modest length, but not distinctive.

In summary: Overall, also rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Best value because of its very low price point.

So, in short, two acceptable value-priced California cabs, both of which I would come back to, but neither evoking extreme joy.

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