Sunday, April 12, 2015
Face Off of Value-priced California Cabernet Sauvignon: *** Noble Vines 337 Lodi and *** Avalon Napa, 2012
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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.
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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