Sunday, May 08, 2005

Avalon Napa Valley 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

AvalonI haven’t been able to get over to Grapevine’s Friday Night Fights in the last couple weeks. Maybe next week. They should be getting into the winning brackets (of Cab Sauv under $20) by now and so they’ll be pairing off the best of the bunch.

Meanwhile, motivated by those tastings though, I independently happened across this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at a very reasonable price. Avalon does only Cabernet Sauvignons, and only two: the “Avalon California” and this one, the “Avalon Napa Valley”. I haven’t seen the former. I could just be being suckered by good marketing, but I like the attitude of their catchphrases: “Napa Cab without the pretense”, and “Cabernet worthy of kings, priced for peasants”. 

This 2002 wine is made from 90% Cab Sauv, 4% Syrah, 2.5% Petite Verdot, 2% Merlot and .5% Cab Franc. Aged for a year in French and American oak. They go on to identify the breakdown of where it comes from as well: 58% Rutherford, 13% Napa, 5% Oakville, 5% St. Helena, 4% Spring Mountain and 15% “Other”.

I thought this was very good. It’s a very fruity wine with soft tannins. The oak rounds it out nicely and it gave me a bit of leather scents. Long finish. Compared to the Casa Madero earlier this week, this had less structure, more fruit. Both are good values and nice finds.

$11.99 (Austin)
 Very good. Fruity taste and soft tannins make this great drinking just by itself. Seconds please.

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