Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Made by Michael Mondavi, this classic Napa Cab is a blend of Rutherford, Oakville, Stags Leap, Atlas Peak and Wooden Valley fruit, which allows the winery to take advantage of both the volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor. The fruit is hand harvested, and the winemaker uses extended juice to skin contact to marry rich flavor with good structure. Malolactic fermentation, in barrel, combined with 18 months aging in French oak barrels further concentrates the flavors and adds nuances of vanilla and toffee. Typically made of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Merlot, 3% Syrah and 3% Petit Verdot. look for black cherry, dark plum, cassis and sweet mocha flavors in a sleek, mouth-filling style. Formerly only available in restaurants, this is an incredible value.
In his blog, Eric Asimov of the New York Times recommended Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, identifying it as 'one of a dozen American treasures, great wines under $20.' Serve this Cab with grilled steaks or burgers alongside baked potatoes stuffed with sour cream, cheese and chives.
Wine SpectatorOffers immediate charm, with a ripe, juicy core of zesty wild berry and blackberry fruit, shaded by light cedary oak and joined by dusty, loamy earth accents. Pleasant finish. Drink now through 2028. 68,000 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThere aren't many Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa County at this price point, so this one stands out for its concentration and simple cherry, clove and vanilla flavors wrapped in smoky oak. Perfumed and crisp with acidity, it's food-friendly and ready to be enjoyed.