2003 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $18.00 @ Safeway (regular price is $36.00 a bottle)

What They Said:

Per wine.com “This elegant Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit grown on the valley floor throughout Napa Valley and represents distinct growing regions from southern Napa to St. Helena. The addition of Cabernet Franc creates structure in the wine while a touch of Merlot adds length to the mid-palate and a layer of fruit aromatics on the nose. Aged 18 months in 66 percent new French oak, the lots were aged separately until blended before bottling.

Red cherry, rhubarb and spice aromas are the introduction to this elegant wine as flavors of raspberry, cherry and rhubarb pie co-mingle with anise, clove and hints of cocoa powder on the palate. Soft tannins carry this well-balanced Cabernet to a lengthy and flavorful finish.”

What I Think:

First off the list price for this wine is $36.00. At $18.00 it was certainly close to delivering that wow factor. I liked that there was some Cab Franc and Merlot included, it gave it a nice level of balance. On the tongue it seemed to start with lighter fruit and move darker before finishing with cloves on a longer finish. Saw in the write above multiple mentions of rhubarb, didn’t get that. This was a nice wine. The question that I ask myself when ranking it was if I was in the store and was going to spring $20.00 for a Cab would I grab this one that I know or try something else. I can’t quite decided which makes me think that I must be leaning towards the later.

Rating: Pricey