Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Cabernet $20-$25 Tasted 12/13

4. Cliff Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Sams Valley Vineyard (2007)

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Smokey and noticeably oaky on the nose but at the same this packs in lots of fresh black currant fruit and candied blueberry fruit. There is a lot of tobacco and sweet baking wood spice here though. Bright and relatively high acid on entry, there's an early slap of sweet wood spice, which remains an underlying factor through the palate, but this is rich with fresh wild blueberry and red currant fruit, even a bit of wild strawberry on the palate as well. It's a bright, fresh and slightly rustic style that finishes with a nice blend of fruit and wood spice, showing really fine length and a bit of mint on the finale. Very distinctive and quite good. 89pts
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  • 150558moldavi33 I'd like to add Educated Guess to this list. Phenomenal Cab for $20-$25, drinks more like a $40 bottle. Napa fruit, but not overly extracted, and pretty well structured, to boot. Gimmick-y label, but don't let that dissuade you; it's very, very good.

  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Good call Moldavi. A very attractive wine!

  • 12988261206gene I still think the H3 ( Horse Heaven Hills ) cab from Columbia Crest is one of the best bargain cabs around, with plenty of cab character for $11.69 to $15, depending upon where you buy it.

  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Absolutely gene. I serve it blind on occasion and it has no problem keeping up with $20-$25 Cabs. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • 1145575wolfarthe Anything from Waterbrook! Great producer at affordable prices. Merlot is even better than their cabs.

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