One of the top questions I get at Snooth is, "Where are the values?" It’s not surprising that folks are looking for deals, and they usually are interested in their favorite wines, so it’s not surprising that Cabernet Sauvignon values are the most frequent request.
With our Global Tasting initiative (GTI) program geared up once again I thought the time was right for a value Cabernet Round-up. We assembled a baker’s dozen, 12 wines under $15.00 and a long-time favorite (priced very fairly at $20, I might add) to use as a benchmark.
How did our budget wines fare? Well, I found a remarkably solid $7.00 wine that duked it out with wines costing twice as much and a particularly fine Cabernet that is readily available at $13.00 or less.
What's a GTI?Our GTI, or Global Tasting Initiative, is a great opportunity to share your tasting experiences with the Snooth community. We choose a region or grape and create a thread in the Snooth Talk Forum to discuss what we taste, and ask questions about the wines of the month. Our focus this month is on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab-based blends. So, come on down to the Snooth Forum and let us know what you’ve been tasting.
It was not surprising that the Louis Martini, this is the Napa bottling, came in first in our tasting. It is, after all, the most expensive wine by a significant margin. What was surprising to me was how well the Main Street showed. It’s a really well made wine that captures the richness of California without become clumsy in any way. It’s a crowd pleaser that I would be happy serve to friends and family.
Close on its heels was the LangeTwins Cabernet. This is my first experience with LangeTwins and I have to say I am duly impressed. The wine may not be what I look for in a Cab, but I bet plenty of people will be very happy with the rich, sweet fruit and lush feel of this wine.
There was a crowd of wine that followed garnering 86 or 87 points, but for me there were two standouts that set themselves apart stylistically. Of course, since neither was from California, that is no surprise. I loved the freshness and purity of the Fox Run from New York. I would love this wine paired with a seared veal chop over arugula and with some heirloom tomatoes sliced over it!
The Pepperwood Grove was another wine that I enjoyed drinking. This inexpensive (we used to call them fighting varietals! Remember that?) wine reminded me of less expensive Bordeaux more than Napa cab, yet with ripe, fresh fruit. It may not be made in a popular style but it showed a touch more elegance and balance than many of the bigger, more powerful wines. It’s a great wine at the price.
Read all of the reviews after the jump.