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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

By Norm Bentley - | Jan 4, 2021

Norm Bentley, The North Georgia Wine Advisor. PHOTO PROVIDED

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2017 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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It is always great to visit old friends during the holidays, and even better when it involves great food and wine, especially if its my favorite, “a Slab and a Cab”! My friend’s sister in law always gives him a bottle of his favorite Cab for a Christmas present. (Cakebread) This year he put it on the table for us next to a perfect medium rare fillet. Wow! What a combination, great wine, a terrific steak, and wonderful old friends! You can’t beat a Slab and a Cab, and when it involves good folks, it just doesn’t get any better!

The nose is enticing with the scent of blueberry and blackberry, and a touch of mocha. The complex flavors swirl in the glass with evidence of dark berries and a little dash of black cherry. There is also the presence of an herbal-mineral taste sensation leading you to a lingering finish, highlighted with mellow, toasty oak. If you don’t like this one, then you probably just don’t like Cabs. The alcohol content is 14.6%, and Norm’s score is 93.

A bottle of this superb wine would be an excellent companion for almost any food you would enjoy with red wine!

Score: 93

Price: $65 – $75