Brian’s Wine Wednesday: 2013 Avalon Cabernet

Avalon CabThis week Rudy (pictured, left) wanted to be included in my Wine Wednesday review. He’s a fan of big, juicy reds.

(Just kidding.)

The 2013 Avalon Cab is a remarkable wine for the money. It reminds me of one of my other favorites, the Bogle Essential Red, in that it tastes like a much more expensive wine. I generally stay away from lower priced Napa Cabs, because come on: how good can an $10 Napa Cabernet be, really? The markup is big for a reason, and I have found you generally have to spend close to $20 for a decent one. So it was with great pleasure that I found an $10 bottle that tasted like a $30 wine.

All the typical Napa Cabernet flavors are here: mocha, blackberry, cherry, raspberry, with a silky smooth vanilla and spice finish. How does Avalon do it at this price point? I have no idea, but I am not complaining.

This is mostly Cabernet, with a little Zinfandel to give it that spice, and the makers say they blended grapes from California’s Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Lodi to get the taste right. I highly recommend it as a “Best Buy.” It’s also on the award-winning wine list at Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan Grille, where our next tasting party will be in January!

4 corksOn my 5-cork scale based on price and value, I give the 2013 Avalon Cab four corks! It’s Rudy-approved.

Bring a bottle to a party and you’ll be applauded. Just be sure to save a bottle for yourself.

Brian Demay





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