Courtney Benham Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 | Delicious & Versatile Foodie Wine
The Courtney Benham Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 pours a dark black-ruby color. The nose opens with robust tones of blackberry, cassis, red currant, and smoked black cherry, with secondary aromatics of crushed bay leaf, new leather, graphite, and oily, herbaceous tobacco. The palate is assertive and generous, with strong structure and generous, dark fruit intensity. Broad shoulders and defined tannins are fleshed out by the dark fruit core, and the long and defined finish shows not just the power, but the sophistication that comes with great Napa Valley Cab. This is a full-bodied Cabernet that checks every box for quintessential Napa Cabernet, without the price! Drink now – 2029.
93JS | Lots of blackberries and wet earth with mahogany and spice. Full-bodied, tight and composed with long, silky tannins. Courtney Benham Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 shows length and depth. Drink after 2021, but already beautiful.
Maybe one of the best Napa case deals we’ve ever seen
How else would you characterize a release that features 100% rich Napa fruit from three famous vineyards, achieving 93 points from James Suckling—that costs less than $20 a bottle? Those are terms so rare, we’re still not sure exactly what magic Courtney Benham and 100-point winemaker Keith Emerson worked to pull it off. But you can be sure at this price, it’ll disappear faster than Houdini.
Think how many nights of the month you’d like to drink a generously proportioned under-$20, 93-point Napa Cabernet. Then imagine how many others are thinking the exact same way, and buy accordingly.
Winemakers Benham and Emerson
We speculated about what Benham and Emerson had to do to pull this rabbit out of the hat, but of course, there’s nothing supernatural going on here—just decades of hard-earned Napa experience meeting one of the brightest winemaking talents in the valley.
The Courtney Benham brand was born of his partnership with Keith Emerson, who earned his 100-point stripes with the 2013 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. He also crafts big, critically acclaimed mountain wines for Robert Craig, meaning his talents typically fetch at least $100 a bottle. Their partnership has yielded a string of incredible bargains, and this may be the bottle that wakes the world up to the rare level of value from this winery. That means the best time to buy is now.