2016 Kalinda "Lot 2" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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We'd love to tell you all about the storied estate from which we sourced this superb, classic example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but we can't. For decades now, our Kalinda private label has been providing K&L customers with awesome wines at a fraction of what they'd normally pay under the producers' mainstay labels (our first Kalinda Cabernet was from 1982 vintage--a mere 36 years ago). That being said, no producer wants their wines on the market for less than what they'd usually sell for, so the trade-off is anonymity. While we have to remain quiet about the source of this beauty, we can tell you that wine from this prestigious producer sells elsewhere under the winery label at a much higher premium. Once you taste the wine, you’ll see that the quality speaks for itself. True to valley fruit, this wine has an open and accessible quality that makes it drinkable right now, but don’t hesitate to buy a bottle or two more to lay down if you like it. It’s definitely got the bones for the long haul, and it will develop beautifully over the next few years.

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
It's few and far between that a wine and deal this great come along! Fans of big, unctuous, hedonistic Napa Cabs are used to spending upwards of $50-100 to get a plush, full bodied, ripe yet decadently oaky wine but now they don't have too! The Kalinda Lot #2 could possibly be the demise of over-priced, opulent cab producers that don't take into consideration that the Kalinda wines are here to over deliver on both price and quality!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
Napa Cab for under $25 is not easy to find- period. Even more difficult is a Napa Cab under $25 that tastes good. The 2016 Lot 2 Cabernet is loaded with fresh red cherry fruit, blackberries, hints of vanilla bean and a lush round mid-palate. The finish is ripe and silky with integrated tannins. Although quite fruity, the wine doesn’t come off as heavy and overbearing. It still maintains a nice balance. This is the perfect wine for your upcoming summer BBQ’s and dinner parties. They will be impressed you’re serving Napa Cab!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2018 | Send Email
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We made our first Kalinda Cabernet in 1984 - the 1982 vintage from Boeger winery. Now on our 34th rendition, we've had the fortune to team up with some of the greats in California winemaking over the years. This time the Lot 2 Cabernet is from the Napa Valley and it is so sweet and delicious. Toasty oak nuances and red fruit flavors. Lingering on the palate. Not a tannic blockbuster but more of a Margaux style red. Decant and enjoy with your lamb chop dinner.
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Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2018 | Send Email
During my many years as a wine merchant, one of my top priorities has been making sure my clients have access to a high quality, value-driven Cabernet Sauvignon; preferably from Napa Valley. The Lot #2 bottling from Kalinda is just that wine. It possesses the perfect combination of red and black fruit with the proper amount of structure and grip. I reviewed this wine against several more expensive alternatives. Time and again I came back to the Lot # 2 as my go-to wine. It embodies precisely what you seek when the situation calls for a casual mid-week red or if you’re entertaining a group. Leave your Dunn’s and Montalena’s in the cellar for another year. Open a bottle of Kalinda Lot # 2 instead. You’ll be glad you did.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8