BV Napa Valley

BV Napa Valley (Geoffrey Nilsen / March 26, 2010)

From: Napa Valley, Calif.

Price: $25

Serve with: Beef tenderloin, rack of lamb

BV is one of the oldest and most-respected producers of cabernet sauvignon in the Napa Valley, which counts for a lot because Napa truly is cab heaven. This wine is the lowest-priced in BV's line of fine cabernets and Bordeaux-style blends, and it's an attractive price for Napa. This wine has all the elements of a fine Napa cab, without the ultra-complexity and high price tag of the luxury versions. There are bright flavors of black currant, black cherry, cassis and chocolate, with pleasant pipe tobacco aromas. Good now, but will age maybe 5 to 8 years.

--Michael Dresser