2012 Farm Collective Napa Cabernet ($35-$40)
This is simply an amazing Cabernet. It punches way above it’s price point ($40 ish), by tasting more like an $80+ properly cellared aged wine. The nose has wonderful aromas of cigar box and leather. The flavors are super fresh with lush mouthfeel. The fruit is simply gorgeous. Ends with a nice spicy twist and a long caressing finish. After having this at my neighbors 4th of July dinner party, I went online the next morning and immediately ordered 10 bottles for my collection. Freakishly good wine.
2012 Lodi Estates Cabernet Sauvignon – $12.95
Easily the best Cabernet at this price point I’ve ever tasted. Requires significant decanting time at this point (2-3 hours), but the reward is great. This is a very fruit forward and pleasing wine with good aromas on the nose, followed by pure fruit with some essential “Cabernet” nuances, and then a decently long finish. For a retail price of less than $15 USD, this wine is simply INCREDIBLE! After tasting my first bottle out of a stash of 6, I hurried back to the wine shop and picked up a case. Trust me, it is that good. Better when paired with cheeses versus steak.