If you love everything about high-end Napa Cabernet Sauvignons except the steep price tag, today is your day. The 2015 Karo-Kann Reserve Cabernet has all the trappings greatness— luscious, full-body, concentrated black fruit—for less than your average California red.
The inky Cabernet Sauvignon behind today’s release was sourced from an elite, family-owned estate that makes high-scoring, high-priced wines under their own labels, specifically in Rutherford. The only caveat: we aren’t at liberty to tell you the name of our source, in order to protect this prestigious brand. The only caveat: we aren’t at liberty to tell the names of our sources, in order to protect this prestigious brand. But we can tell you Wine Access fans have swooned over the quality—rating it 4.2 stars and snatching up the brand's releases—and we’re happy to share the ‘15 Reserve again today.
The 2015 Reserve glows with the characteristics of a pedigreed Napa Cabernet: rich and massively concentrated, with ripe blackberry and savory herbs wrapped in dusty tannins, it drinks like one of the $85 wines released by the Rutherford estate itself. Guided by the hand of a 100-point winemaker—no, we can’t say who—the 2015 Reserve is elegant and deep, offering a supple finish that lingers for miles.
The Karo-Kann strategy—like most of chess—centers around making the perfect move for the long game, and Karo-Kann wines are the result of decades of strategy. The 2015 Reserve emerged when that strategy struck gold, first winning incredible placements at Michelin-star restaurants, but today’s bottles couldn’t be snapped up by restauranteurs: the 2015 vintage was so abundant, the team behind Karo-Kann simply had too much of a good thing.
As under-$40 wines go, there are few like this. Maybe that’s because this is more like a $100 wine masquerading behind a tiny price tag—and a strict NDA. However you slice it, this is a remarkable value.
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