If you are anything of a Napa Cab fan, you have surely heard over and over about the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintage years. The weather in those two years was nearly identical and the exact conditions wine growers love: warm days, cool nights, little rain. I got the opportunity to taste many wines from those vintages over the last few weeks, both at tasting events around town and in Napa. A few of them really stood out to me, one being Salvestrin’s 2013 Cabernet from St. Helena in the Napa Valley
Best thing about this wine: Fruit bomb with a complex finish
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese Rockbrook
By the Bottle: $71
Try this if you like: Big Napa Cabs!
Winery website: www.salvestrinwinery.com
As I sat on the patio at Salvestrin, I took notes on the wines I was tasting while a couple at the table next to me chatted and several larger groups enjoyed themselves. After a few minutes, the couple called out to me and began a conversation. I told them why I was there, and they expressed surprise that I was a Nebraskan. They had thought I was there tasting wines for the wine list at my restaurant. Though the thought gave me a boost, I remembered that I am no wine expert!
The wine itself was full of dark berry and jammy flavors. This super smooth wine had hints of leather with dark chocolate on the finish. Salvestrin’s flagship Cabernet is an estate wine, with 90% Cabernet Sauvignon rounded out with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This was my first, but far from last, experience with Hungarian oak. The wine is primarily aged in French and American, but I enjoyed the slight spicy influence.
Overall, a great pick both to start my California tastings, and toast to the end of the school year!