Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Wines Less Traveled: Cabernet Sauvignon

The reason behind this list is I tend to see the same wineries on "Top Cab" lists on this website and everywhere else.  Now there's nothing wrong per se with Mondavi, Caymus, Silver Oak etc but to me they don't represent good value anymore and there are plenty of great top teir cabs out there that offer both high quality and high value.  This is a short but ever growing list of great wines that in a just world would be world famous but alas are not.  I am not limiting the list to any one region (as it grows it may need to be broken up) but it will focus more on "New World" examples.

2. Stevens Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Xy Reserve (2008)

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If you're a Napa Cab lover and want to venture into Washington this is the bridge wine you've been looking for. Had the '08 followed by the '08 Chappellet Pritchard Hill and Stevens kept up nicely (at less than half the price I remind you). This is a big, lush, and rich wine. Big blackberry and toasty vanilla notes which lead into asian spices and a touch of smoke. Solid, my only critique is it lacks the deep structure to age as well as some of his Washington brethren but if you want a bottle to open tonight for dinner...
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