My tasting notes from the Snooth California Cabernet Sauvignon Blind Tasting earlier this month yielded this natural winner for me.
Ruby colored, with a dark bouquet of vanilla, cassis, menthol/eucalyptus, and white pepper, and dry earthy tones displaying wholesome fruity flavors, combining together to produce a full-bodied, balanced Cabernet with ripe cherries lingering as a finishing touch.
14.5% alcohol, $22/bottle retail
From an 85 dollar bottle-program and the virtuoso wine maker that brought us Lot 133 2008 Atlas Peak Chardonnay, this primary blend is of a completely custom facility in Napa. Sourced from some of the best vineyards in Mount Veeder, Oakville, Rutherford, and Spring Mountain, this wine receives continual 91, 92, and 93 point scores. It does sit at the high point of our pricing at 22 dollars, but is absolutely worth every penny. Remember: this is not leftover barrel lots but the actual bottling blend from an $85/bottle program.