Named for the valley floor vineyards from which it was sourced, here is a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that we think hits all the right notes for fans of the “benchland” style. This is a Full Monty Cabernet — deeply concentrated and richly-textured — with aromas of black currant, eucalyptus, and cedar followed by flavors of cherry liqueur, caramelized sugar, and vanilla bean, all accented with notions of clove, black tea leaf, and graphite that unfold over a long, savory finish. It is full-bodied and dry, with edgy tannins, moderate acidity, and toasty — though not overbearing — oak. This is a harmonious Cabernet expressive of valley floor viticulture, and while perfectly enjoyable now with some patience (decant for at least an hour before serving), it promises ever greater rewards in a few years’ time. Whether you serve it presently (it would be a classy addition to your upcoming holiday dinner parties) or later, we suggest pairing it with sharp cheeses, smoked ham, seared beef tenderloin, roasted duck, and other such hearty fare.
Availability: We found Low Places Cabernet Sauvignon at our local Total Wine store, and it is available at many Total Wine locations nationwide. For availability in your area, visit them virtually at www.totalwine.com.