This was my first opportunity to try a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the highly-regarded 2013 vintage. The Wine Spectator’s Jim Laube, who has been barrel tasting the Napa Valley 2013 vintage, says “The 2013’s are uniformly plush, rich and showy, capturing what Napa can do at its best.”
2013 Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – $16.37 Safeway, K&L Wines $21.99
The higher-end Napa Valley Cabs are given more time for barrel and bottle aging, and that means these 2013 vintage wines will not be released to wine shops until some time during 2016. This Buehler Napa Valley Cab will give us a sneak preview of the highly-touted vintage. Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet is one of three Cabs made by Buehler and is considered their entry level wine at around $20. Much of the fruit comes from their estate hillside vines located at the base of Howell Mountain. The hillside fruit is blended in with select grapes from the Valley floor. Because the wine is young, the first thing I did was run it through my Wine Breather. The nose is typical cab with intense cassis and other black fruit flavors. It has a rich and worthy taste in the mouth. Even though the wine is young, it’s layered with Cab characteristics. It is one of those wines you want to wrestle your spouse with for the final drops in the bottle. I’m thinking 89 Points, but if you put it away it should drink even better. If you like to visit the Napa Valley, Buehler Vineyard is a great choice to taste wine. It’s hidden from the crowds up Howell Mountain Road. The winery started in 1976 and has always priced their wines in a consumer-friendly fashion.
Right now the Safeway stores in Millbrae and Burlingame are carrying a good supply of the Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet 2013 for $16.37 a bottle if you mix-or-match six. The sale lasts for another couple of weeks. If you are a Cabernet fan and want to take advantage of this price, buy a six pack or more. This is wine that will really develop nicely over the next couple of years. Put most of it down in the wine cellar and reap the rewards.