The under $20 category for California Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the toughest places to find great value - so many are just medicore at best, others even worse and a few that may be decent red wines, but with no sense identity or place. So when one comes along that we can sell for under $20 that screams "Napa" believe me, we take notice! Big Vine Wines is a small Napa Valley winery that is focused on making value priced wines and their deep connections in and around the valley allows them to source some pretty top notch fruit. The 2010 Big Vine Cabernet apparently comes in part from a very well-known winery that would prefer to remain anonymous, but one taste and you this wine must have some serious pedigree. It drinks well above its modest price point, with beautiful dark fruit, hints of cedar, mocha and espresso, meaty and solid with moderate tannins and a dense silky texture. It is is quite approachable now but will also drink great over the next 2-4 years. It is a blend from three different Napa sub-appellations, with the Atlas Peak vineyard providing enough structure to support the solid fruit from Rutherford and Coombsville, some of Napa's finest areas!
Appellation Napa Valley Sub-Appellations Rutherford (50%), Atlas Peak (30%), Coombsville (20%) Fermentation and Aging. Fermented in stainless steel and French oak. The wine was aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak and the remainder in neutral French oak.
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