Vino: 2004 Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet

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Name: 2004 Avalon Napa Cabernet
Grape: Cabernet
Region: California
Price: $12.99 to $14.99

Inexpensive Napa Valley Cabernet, does such a thing exist? With today’s skyrocketing land prices and the prestige of Napa Valley, it sometimes feels that all Napa Cabernet is out of our budget.

With the motto, “without hang-ups, pretense or apathy,” Avalon Winery is out to change this perception. Sourcing grapes from some of the best wineries in the region, Avalon is able to make an affordable wine that still reflects the soul of the region.

Cabernet from Napa Valley is considered to be some of the best in the world. Like all great wine growing regions the soil and climate are married in a way that encourages Cabernets most expressive self. Avalon captures this expression in their 2004 Napa Cabernet release: silky, rich and ripe with layers of black fruit and a touch of oak. A perfect dinner date with a richer meal of meat or stew.

Stores: Grapes the Wine Company, $12.99 (11 Purdy Avenue, Rye New York), K&D Wines & Spirits $14.99 (1366 Madison betwen 85th & 86th St.), K&L Wines (3 stores in California)