Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Day 54 Drink: Napa Cellars 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Cellars tasting room is located off Highway 29 near the landmark Mustards Restaurant in Oakville. The winery was founded in 1996. Winemaker Joe Shirley focuses on making reasonably priced wines in a region where most wines are priced beyond the average drinker.
Napa Cellars 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark purple color and has a slight cherry hint to the nose. The grapes in this were sourced from St. Helena, Oak Knoll and Rutherford Vineyards and aged for 18 months predominently in French oak. Smooth drinking red with a moderate level of tannins and good levels of dark fruits. At $26 a bottle this wine is a good value to drink now and is likely to improve nicely over the next 3-5 years.