Moving on to a different beast, we now set our sights on Cabernet in its adopted home, the rather lush and certainly warm environs of the Napa Valley. Yes Cabernet is grown elsewhere, the Santa Cruz Mountains for example, but Napa is pretty ideal for a certain expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly when it is bottled on its own.
These wines are decidedly richer and fruitier than most Bordeaux, though the changes Bordeaux has introduced over the past decade have certainly narrowed that gap. In truth, I prefer wines that tend to fit an old school model, which to me means less obvious fruit, more earth, a bit of herb if we’re lucky, slightly lower alcohol and less obvious oak. All that being said, these all are bold wines intense in all regards.
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