Winemakers Brian Mox and Larry Levin from Pavilion Winery have a long history of winemaking in the Napa Valley. They bring a combined experience from wineries such as Stags Leap and Quintessa and their knowledge from UC Davis in order to provide quality Napa Valley wines at a great price. Unfortunately information for the 2005 Pavilion Cabernet Sauvignon was not available on the Pavilion website so I cannot not offer a lot of detailed information on the wine, except to say that it is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. Due to the great relationships the winemakers have formed in the valley over their years there, Brian and Larry have great access to some of the best vineyards in Napa.
My Tasting Notes –
Nose – Plum, boysenberry, blackberry, milk chocolate, bok choy
Taste – Thyme, blueberry, clove, cedar
Mouthfeel – Full body, very silky and ultra smooth on the tongue
Finish – very dry, the tannins definitely show up at the end of the party
At $14.50 this wine stands and delivers its new world prowess. This is truly a new world wine that pulls it off without feeling or tasting fake. We had this wine with mustard crusted tofu and braised kale. The dark fruit went well with the spicy richness of the whole seed brown mustard and the slight vegetal notes were elevated by the kale.
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Wow, that is a great price for a good Napa Valley cabernet. I can’t recall seeing this label in stores, though, so I’m wondering if it’s hard to get. Of course, I haven’t really been looking…before now.