Vino: 2003 Honig Cabernet

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Name: 2003 Honig Cabernet
Grape: Cabernet
Region: Napa Valley, California
Price: $27.99 to $34.99

I am lucky enough to be hanging out in Napa Valley right now where I am reawakening my love for Cabernet.

Napa Valley runs between two mountain ranges: the Mayacamas to the west and the Vaca to the east, with the cooling Pacific Ocean to the south. These three elements combine to create a perfect Mediterranean climate, which once coupled with Napa’ss volcanic soils help to create California’ss perfect Cabernet appellation.

Unfortunately this outstanding reputation for Napa Valley Cabernet, mixed with the ever-increasing land prices results in expensive wine. The low-end average price for a good Napa Valley Cabernet is $50/bottle, with some of the better ones nearing $100 a bottle. These pricings are absurd for every day drinking but can be justified (I think) on special occasions.

Fortunately for all of us, Michael & Elaine Honig started to produce a Cabernet that is reasonably priced, by Napa standards, and wonderful to drink. Honig winery is a truly a family business, in fact when Michael and Elaine Honig divorced after a decade of marriage they remained close friends and business partners.

The Honigs are also firm practitioners of sustainable farming along with honeybee keeping (Honig means honey in German). Their Cabernet has deep, dark fruit, which finishes with hints of pepper and clove spice, a very well balanced wine that is all about finesse and elegance. This would be a delightful wine to pair with roasted meats or vegetables.

Stores: PJ Wine $27.99 (4898 Broadway between 204th & 205th St), Astor Wines $31.99 (399 Lafayette @ 4th St), Crush Wines & Spirits $34.99 (153 E 57th between Lexington & 3rd Ave.)