What are your wine goals for this new year? Try a First Growth? Spend less on wine? Mine include experimenting more with food and wine pairing and keep fining those underpriced, hidden gems.
One gem I’ve recently found was while I was visiting Carter Cellars in Napa. I was fortunate enough to meet the winemaker and was able to taste through a few of his other projects. We tasted the Carter line-up which is fairly high end, running from $60 to $125. Most of the wines are single vineyard designated as well. Next we tasted the 2007 Tamber Bey Cabernet, a single vineyard Cabernet from Yountville. I figured this costs around $100. Not even close. It is very underpriced at $32.99, and it is very high in quality. This shows a lot of 2007 Napa fruit, but it is well structured and balanced. It is everything I look for in a Napa Cab and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I can’t think of any single vineyard Napa Cabs even close to $33. Give your favorite Binny’s a call for availability.