Saturday, September 17, 2016

Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 1990

I've always considered Buehler to be one of the best values in Napa Valley Cabernet. I paid $10 or $12 for this 1990; and I've seen the current vintage for just a little over $20. Buehler's estate vineyards are on Howell Mountain--prime property, but the Buehler family bought it while real estate prices were still reasonable. For the lower priced bottlings today, estate grapes are blended with fruit from the valley floor, but, again, the Buehlers have well established sources they can trust.

Consumed young, Buehler cabs are quite good although not quite as opulently oaky or sweet as some of the higher priced labels. As this bottle demonstrates, though, the wine ages well for 20 years or longer. Medium deep color. Beautiful Napa Cab scents of black currants, black berries and plums with a touch of cassis. Elegant on the palate with flavors that complement, rather than overwhelm, those of the food.

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