Yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle had a solid round-up of Cabernet Sauvignon recommendations for under $20. Among those mentioned are two made from Napa Valley fruit.
The 2007 Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Purple Wine Co. is one. Here’s what the Chronicle had to say about this $15 per 750ml wine:
[Purple Wine Co.]…keeps defying the odds to make a Napa Valley Cabernet at this price. From an excellent vintage, this stands up and defends itself as a much more expensive-tasting proposition. A touch leathery on the nose, with quiet sandalwood and black cherry highlights, and a cured green-olive savory note. Tannins are supple and sweet, and it’s got a lot of heft, if not profound depth.
We can personally attest to the second recommendation, which is the 2007 Screw Kappa Napa Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, we cracked a bottle of this wine just last night and thoroughly enjoyed it with barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers. Having had several previous vintages of the SKN, this was our first taste of the 2007 and we were not disappointed.
The Chronicle says a 750ml bottle runs $15, but we’ve never paid more than $13 at our local Safeway or Whole Foods. Here’s what the Chronicle had to say:
The Don Sebastiani & Sons powerhouse continues its track record with this screw-capped Napa-sourced effort. Rich, smoky and a touch hard in its burnt-herb and pencil-lead aromas. Racy plum fruit and chewy tannins give it a strong skeleton. It grows more subtle in the glass.
The full Chronicle article can be found here.