PICK of the RACK: Honig | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $35 (Avg.) | 91 pts

Honig Cab 12 1Honig Vineyard & Winery, located in Rutherford, Napa Valley — family-owned and operated since 1964 — focuses its production on two varieties that flourish particularly well in the region:  Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is Honig’s most attainable Cabernet, sourced from select neighboring vineyards in and around the valley. (Honig also produces an array of single-vineyard Cabs that are a little harder to find). Full-bodied and expressive, this red offers  aromas of kirsch, cracked peppercorn, and cocoa-dusted almonds, followed by flavors of ripe red currant, dark chocolate-dipped caramel, and sweet cured tobacco — all accented by sinewy dried herb and peppery oak notes and framed by silky tannins and sprightly acids. Aged for a year and a half in American oak barrels (35% new), it is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (89%) supplemented with doses of Petit Verdot (7%) and Cabernet Franc (4%) that lend dimension. All the hallmarks of Napa Valley Cabernet are nestled in their right place here, and it is admirably approachable in youth. If you are searching for a fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that is ready to enjoy right out of the gate, this just may be the one.

Availability: Honig distributes its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon nationally, so ask your favorite wine merchant about availability or visit the winery virtually at www.honigwine.com more information about this and other Honig wines and options for ordering directly.


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