Montevina 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Independence Point, California
Montevina is best known for their lush, good value Amador wines sourced from their 400 acres of estate vineyards in the Lodi and Sierra Fotthills regions. This Cab is made with grapes sourced 60% from Lodi and 40% from the cooler Monterey AVA, from vineyards known for consistently producing topnotch
fruit. The warmer weather vineyards give this wine its fruit-forward
characteristics while the cooler vineyards balance the acidity. The different varietal expressions produced in each vineyard create a balanced
and inviting wine. Fermented in temperature controlled tanks and then aged in French and American oak barrels.
It's a 94 Point Platinum Award winner in the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. They said "Montevina's entire line is packed with value for your dollar. This Cabernet shows correct varietal character, moderate grip, and a fat mid-palate of blackberry and spice, with some dill coming forward in the finish."
I do not understand the somewhat negative reviews. We tried, ordered a case and just ordered two more cases. We have opened bottles with several groups of friends and it was a positive hit with all. It is a medium bodied wine but has good flavors ,nice fruit and a good finish. I think Josh nailed it
While I understand that you really can't expect a lot from a $14 cab, from the reviews I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. Plus, my wife, who is sensitive to certain red wines, got a splitting headache from this one. Sadly, I cannot recommend it except as an inexpensive wine that will leave you thinking it should be selling for $10-12
I should have listened to the other reviews. This wine comes in at about an 80 on my scale. It is a very pedestrian wine that really is not worth the $12+ I paid. $12 is not a lot for a wine, but considering the alternatives in that modest price range, you can find a lot better.