Sub $10 wine at TJ’s is always fun, and much more enjoyable than sub $10 at Whole Foods. At some $5.99, this was great for a everyday summer white. Grapefruit, apricot, and golden flavors throughout. A little unbalanced and high in acid, but that’s ok as it cuts through the thick of summer.
Some “Somm” kept pushing this stuff, pimping it as a “cult wine.” When I hear someone pushing a wine as “cult” I naturally become suspicious. I wasn’t wrong, compared to the Cate, this was crap. The wine is fine on it’s own, but to have some mis-informed and most likely under qualified if not completely fake Somm push it as cult - just does an injustice for everyone.
Cate | 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
This bottle, although young, shows tremendous structure and taste. Nothing over the top, but an honest Napa Cabernet. I’d drink this anyday.
If you like willamette valley pinots, but don’t like willamette valley pinot prices, than this friend is the bottle for you. Never mind that it’s an obscure grape, never mind it’s from Lodi, this bottle is nothing short of fantastic. A bouquet of fresh cut spring wildflowers. Cherry. Vanilla. Oak. Balanced.
James Berry Vineyard, along with such notables as Hayne, Ponzo, Booker, etc continue to excite and intrigue me. As different wine makers put their touches on these grapes the product is always familiar but drastically different - in a good way. This is an exceptional wine maker ands stellar fruit.
Give it a minute and this bottle will reward you. It was big, jammy and unbalanced upon first swirl but evolved into a well balanced, big, bold, complex cabernet the only way Dave Phinney knows how to produce.
Excellent buy if you’re looking for that over the top Napa style cab.