Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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.
|Region||California, Napa County|
VinousThe 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is soft, open-knit and ready to go. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice, new leather, licorice and dried flowers all grace this pliant, wonderfully expressive Cabernet from Oberon. The 2017 is very nicely done.
Wine AdvocateThe 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 6% other blending varieties. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives notes of baked berries, bay leaves, chargrill and earth. The palate is simple and juicy with smoked meats, lean and shot in the medium-bodied, soft mouth, finishing innocuous.