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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hype has been high for the recent release of Beaulieu Vinyards 2003 Napa Valley Cab. It garnered the magic 90 from a recent magazine review. So, when I saw it at my local Ralphs Supermarket at the low, low price (for card holders) of 14.88, I grabbed a bottle. Maybe it's just a little young yet, or maybe I just like a more fruit-forward mouthful, but I found it stiff in the tannins and puckering. So, maybe a couple of years on its side will bring me around. It is intense in flavor, but for the beginner, there are several $12 cabs around that will bring a smile to your face. I liked BV's Rutherford Cab from 2000, Pope Valley Eakles Ranch Cab from 2002 and Rodney Strong's 2001 Sonoma County Cab. Muirwood 2002 Monterey Cab at $8.99 at L.A. Wine Company, was a real bargain. Ask me again in 2008. Wineslacker gives it 2 and a half stars out of 5.


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