Torchbearer 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley
When it comes to Napa Valley Cabernet there's no more prestigious address than Oakville. And it's very rare indeed to find an Oakville Cabernet that sells for less than $50 a bottle. Well here it is; Torchbearer. This Cab, a new release from the excellent 2015 vintage is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot aged 8 months in French oak. It's ripe and well structured like we'd expect an Oakville Cab to be. It shows ripe blackberry, cherry and licorice flavors with subtle mix of cedar and oak. It has polished tannins and a finish that is elegant and lengthy. Not to be overlooked of course is the practically unheard of price of less that $30 a bottle by the case. Why buy less?