Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon review, tasting notes, food pairings and more.The Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon is a great buy for the price point. Find it between $15 and $19 at major retailers, like Total Wine. We’re listing the 2012 vintage as one of our favorite value Cabernet Sauvignon’s this year.

Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon Review from St. Helena, San Martin, Napa Valley, California

Vintage: 2012

Napa Valley Cabernet enthusiasts can now take comfort in the fact that there’s a layered, old-worldly and tasteful wine that won’t cost you your sanity. This particular Cab was picked up at my local Total Wine for $18.99 — but I know other retailers are selling it for less.

Grapes for the Montoya Cabernet were sourced from vineyards located within both the St. Helena (Napa Valley) and San Martin regions in California. Some vines are positioned along hillsides, which forces them to work harder for their nutriment. This allows for more tannins, mineral characteristics and flavor intensity. At the same time, additional Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from vines on the valley floor. These grapes provide the ‘big’ bold black and blue fruit we’ve so come to enjoy in Napa Valley. French and American oak aging is employed, though I’m not sure for how long.

Serving Up the Montoya Cab

This New World beauty is perfect at about 63 degrees. Pop it in your fridge for 10 minutes. The 2012 vintage really doesn’t need to be decanted, but if that’s your style just 10 minutes is fine.

Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes

Love the color. Deep ruby red with a tinge of tangerine on the border. The nose has little bits of anise, blueberry and black cherry.

This Cabernet is on the lighter side, medium-bodied. The opening palate gives off some cassis, plum and tart dark cherry. Nice acidity and gentle but noticeable tannins and dark spice box. The mid-palate persists with black cherry, plum and pomegranate with some damp earth. The close is my favorite, with blackberry, red berries and vanilla cola over a medium finish.

Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings

Lamb Chops with pomegranate relish anyone? These compliment the flavor across the palate nicely.

Food Pairing the Montoya Cabernet

This wine makes for a great compliment to beef plates, like this Stuffed French Bread Ground Beef sandwich (can we call it that?).

Or, go a bit lighter and try out these Spicy (and healthy) Asian Lean Beef Lettuce Wraps from Apple of My Eye.

Lamb Bacon Burgers with Spicy Aioli are a good call, too.

Lastly, how about these Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Relish?

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