Purchased 4 and tucked away for a few years, this was the last one opened. Probably an 89 when I last drank it 2 years ago, it seems to have lost some vibrancy and feels like it is slipping away Comparable to the 2007 Avalon Napa Cab as both score high for fruit and tannins but are still simple, everyday cabs
This has turned out to be a great value. Loads of dark fruit surrounded by silky tannins. This wine still has some life but is drinking well now. Served with beef tenderloin w/ mushrooms and garlic, blue cheese mac and fresh green beans........was good match.
This is a nice QPR with a traditional California fruity taste that goes well with grilled steak and grilled vegetables and that does not break the bank. This wine's biggest problem is that it has brothers and sisters in the BV stable of wine that are much better and so suffers from comparison. It has a very fruit forward taste of cherry, some blueberry, raspberry jam and sugars without much oak. It drinks like you are having a pleasant conversation with someone on longish plane ride and you're glad to have the conversation, but this person will not become a lifelong friend. You are glad you have the experience, because it is positive, but when you get home you will not necessarily mention the nice conversation to your spouse. To the same extent, I am happy to have this easy drinking CS in my cellar because I can pull it out with confidence that it will work "well enough," however, I will not call my wine friends and say "you need to have this in your cellar." Rather, if one of them said, what do you think is a good cellar defender CS at a good price, I would mention my experience with this BV entry level CS circa 2007.
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