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David's Wine Picks - 2015 Vintage California Cabernet

(posted: December 14th, 2018)

Wine glasses filled with red and white wines
In this column, published about once a quarter, David shares his passion for and expert knowledge of fine wines.

In each post he offers several selections that provide great value.

He identifies wines for drinking now, which ones to put away for several years, and those that are worth enjoying now and laying in a supply for future enjoyment.

Enjoy David's Wine Picks, and let us know if there is something you'd like David to review in a future column.

This month, Rating The 2015 California Cabernets

They say all things must come to an end; however, nothing seems to stop the rise of California Cabernet. The 2015 vintage surprised many producers who feared the drought might lead to an uneven harvest and uneven quality. Fortunately cooler overnight temperatures and the knowledge of the wine makers has resulted in a large list of highly rated wines, with Napa Valley wines leading the list of outstanding wines. Because Napa Valley wines are growing increasingly expensive, most top value wines are from other regions.

Here's a list of some top value producers:

Wine Maker and Region Year Rating Price
Hall - St. Helena Coeur 2015 94 $80
Raymond - Napa Valley Reserve 2015 92 $45
Sequoia Grove - Napa Valley 2015 93 $42
Beringer - Knights Valley 2015 92 $36
Roth - Alexander Valley 2015 91 $28
Steel - Red Hills, Lake County 2015 91 $26
William Hill - North Coast 2015 88 $18

You should buy some of these wines to drink now or hold for a more rich, supple taste.

Guide to Ratings, From Wine Spectator:

  • 95 - 100 Classic, a great wine
  • 90 - 94 Outstanding, a wine of superior style and character
  • 85 - 89 Very good wine, with special qualities


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