By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2008 | Send Email
This is simply one of the most consistently delicious cabernets under $20. Blended with 10% merlot, aged in French oak for 12 months, and coming from Montes’ famous “La Finca de Apalta” estate, which is responsible for the best fruit they produce, this is a very serious wine for such a small price tag. The nose is packed with licorice, fresh mint and a touch of sandalwood. The French oak is not shy here, adding layers of caramel toast and spice cake. Darkly fruited with bushels of plum and dried currant, this is sweet yet savory with a lasting note of tobacco. The wine comes off as powerful, intense; it is not shy about what it has and likes to show it off. Buy this instead of one of the top Napa cabs and go buy a tank of gas.