Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018 | NDA Cabernet from Wine Spectator Wine of the Year Winner
Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018 presents a glass-staining midnight shade of purple. Seductively ripe aromas of black cherry and blackberry show complementary hints of crushed violets, mocha, allspice, and sweet tobacco. Shamelessly full-bodied, full of ripe tannins and flavors of preserved currants, cherries, pie spice, clove, and toast, the density of bold fruit carries through the finish. Unbelievably powerful for the money. Drink now–2027.
The Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018 delivers serious quality for the insanely reasonable price of $27 per bottle. This is textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s a steal considering it’s sourced from luxe terroir where triple-digit prices don’t get a second look.
This is more than a steal, it’s a statement.
The 2018 growing season and the source made it easy. It was a vintage Wine Spectator called “near picture-perfect.” And with yields in Napa Valley back to normal after multiple years of drought-induced lows, one estate—still coming off the high of earning Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year honors—ended up with extra fruit from incredible vineyard sites in Rutherford, St. Helena, and Oak Knoll.
The name Karo-Kann is a tribute to the world-famous chess maneuver. While the strategy—like most of chess—centers around making the perfect move for the long game. Of course, Karo-Kann wines are the result of decades of strategy.
So, by putting the wines first and picking our spots we are able to deliver what most don’t think is possible. Hence, an incredibly priced Napa Cabernet that is true, thoughtfully crafted, and delicious.
Winemaker Britt Nichols
So, Winemaker Britt Nichols has been lighting up the scoreboard for nearly half a decade. While her hit parade shows no signs of slowing down. As one Nichols devotee reminded us last week, “Anything with Britt Nichols name on it should be purchased immediately and by the caseload.
And the raves just keep coming. Hence, with other members calling Karo-Kann “another price-point winner. So, let us know to keep these wines coming with notes like “We bought two more cases!”