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Passover pick: Weinstock Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, April 1st, 2010 at 12:17 pm in Corkheads.

Food-friendly Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is almost an oxymoron these days. The wines are typically big and ballsy with whopping alcohol levels and a ripeness better suited for a bag of dried fruit.

So imagine my surprise when I opened this Weinstock Select 2006 Napa cab last night to wash down a simple spice-flecked grilled chicken. It was the third night of Passover, and I was rocking a kosher meal, so I needed a kosher wine.

The fruit was definitely there. The wine exhibited the bold, tobacco and blackberry aromas and flavors indicative of Napa cabs, but this wine had soft tannins and “only” 13.8 percent alcohol. It was elegant with good acidity and refreshed my palate after every bite of charred chicken.

Not only is it in line with kosher law, but the wine is mevushal, meaning that it was flash pasteurized and fit for the most orthodox Jewish wine lover. Looks like Snooth shows the Weinstock wine retailing for $24.99.

If you like balanced cabernet sauvignon and find it challenging to find one from California, I suggest you give this one a swirl.

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