Spiral Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

This one will likely receive a lot of attention. It’s a Napa Valley Cabernet from the excellent 2009 vintage—selling for $4.99. Given that the average Napa Cab fetches about $45, this seems too good to be true. And it is. That’s not to say this is a bad wine, only that it tastes nothing like a Napa Cabernet (or any Cabernet, for that matter). The nose reveals bright, sweet cherry and strawberry notes, with a bit of sweet spice. The most striking thing about the taste is the utter lack of tannins. This is really more like a simple, thin Merlot.