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2015 B Side Cabernet Sauvignon

August 18, 2017 - Norman Bentley

When I was in the business of selling wine in a wine shop, customers often asked, "What's a good wine?" This is, of course, a difficult question to answer, since there are no wines which taste good to everyone. For me though, it is quite easy. Give me a California Cab and a nice thick juicy steak, and I could not be more happy! The B Side Cab from the east side of Napa Valley has always come through, with the last one I wrote about being the 2013 vintage.

My favorite flavor in a Cab is black cherry, and the 2015 vintage comes through very well on that score. This one is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, and that produces a lot of the cherry effect. The wine also has 10% Merlot which brings out some blackberry as well. In addition, there is currant and blueberry in the mix with a good balance between the fruit and the acidity. The wine comes across as lush and complex, with a toasty oak finish which sails off into the night, and begs for another sip. The alcohol content is 14.5%, and Norm's score is 91.

Pair with a two inch thick New York Strip grilled medium rare, and you are all set. We added in a baked potato and a salad with ripe avocado and fresh home grown tomatoes. I like a variety of foods and wines, but those of you who read my articles know that my favorite is a "Cab and a Slab".

score: 91

price: $22 - $27

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