Friday, June 7, 2013

Honig Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Honig Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $27.19-$35.99, 93 points, appears in the glass as a crystal clear ruby trending crushed black currant with a "leggy" clear rim.
A toasty red cherry aroma gives a nice back-drop to vanilla, coffee, licorice, and a whiff of alcohol (14.5%), which is carried nicely onto the palate with a balanced floral flavor.
The near silky-full body compliments the moderate acidity and approachably layered tannin.
An accelerating spicy finish with some heat accentuates this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon, and having tasted an earlier vintage, I believe it was the 2005, a vintage that was just too floral for me, the 2008 was an exceptional and delightful surprise.
Scoring this wine 93 points establishes this as a high QPR red wine (just bought the 2009 for under $25,00), which I compared to recently tasted Cabernet Sauvignon wines, striking me as delicious, texturally pleasing, and structurally competent, though not as complex as many of its competitors, was focused and balanced. 

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