Toward the end of a recent recent tasting, I looked up over a glass of particularly fantastic wine, and to a friend – seated across the table, whose opinion I value and respect I said, Wow, this is a particularly fantastic wine. His quick response was, For sixty five dollars, it had better be good. And of course, he is completely right.
New to Binny’s is Napa Station a brand new venture by wine industry veteran Peter K. Huwiler. Though the press I’ve found surrounding Napa Station uses phrases like sustainably farmed and food friendly, I would describe them more like this: Napa Station makes affordable, immediately drinkable wines with enough complexity to remain interesting. The fruit for these wines is sourced from throughout Napa County.
At $13.99, the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is refreshing and light, showing lemon citrus and maybe a little pear, with balanced acidity. It seems like a lighter version of some of the other California sauvignon blanc I tasted that same afternoon, only at half the price.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent value at $19.99. Plum and berry fruit set the foundation for this wine, but don’t dominate the fruit is balanced with black olive, a touch of cocoa, and a subtle herbaceousness leading into solid, mouth-drying tannin on the finish. What’s great is that these austere components are present but still in balance, so the wine is ready right now. Try it with a few pieces of mellow, creamy cheese.
Does Napa Station make wines under $20 that taste like they’re $65? Not quite. But they do make wines under $20 than are better than what I usually expect at that price. They should arrive at most Binny’s locations this afternoon. Try a bottle if you get a chance.