Silverado Napa Valley 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, $36.99-$49.99, 91 points, is NOT a QPR Cabernet.
Is it BIG? Yes! Is it cherry and plum, balanced and rich? Yes! Is the Silverado well constructed with a balance of alcohol (14.5%) and acidity (5.61 gpl) yes! But that dog-gone QPR raises its ugly head; for example: "I've opened a 2006 Hall Cabernet (94 points) and discovered one of the most complex wines I know of ($32.99 NH liquor stores), a wine to sip and muse-over with a good book or movie, a wine to contemplate by, but there is no end to the flavors neatly, furtively woven throughout this fine wine, and that's not to say that there isn't dramatic boldness, but this wine is a symphony." her is the Hall Cabernet Review
Does Silverado, at more money than the Hall rise to that kind of greatness? No! Is it smooth enough? Not in my opinion. Does it have a Big reputation? Yes, but at what price?
At a time when inflation has made itself known, the wineries are cutting prices, or trying to; only the very best wines are going to demand the big prices, and my guess is that if their wines are not the "BEST" wines, they'll suffer.
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