Nose of blackberry, cocoa, cinnamon, and even a bit of oil (but that is perhaps because I have BP on the brain). Immediately approachable with soft, not chewy, tannins – beef tenderloin as opposed to beef jerky – and plummy fruit. Silken finish, if a tad short. All in all, a stunning wine for the money.

WHO: Honig Vineyard and Winery
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon (95%), with minute quantities of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $35

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Gary Thomas
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Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.

  • http://wellesleywinepress.com Robert Dwyer

    Nice note David. I haven’t had the 06 but thought the 05 and especially the 07 were stunning. And well-priced to boot. Their pricier Bartolucci bottling is also quite impressive. Taking this all together: Honig is at the top of my list of outstanding Napa Cab value plays right now. Even out in front of Chappellet I think.