No idea who makes it, and I don't have detailed notes here, but this was one of three dozen or so wines 2001 Cal Cabs at $25 and under we tried this year. It didn't make the top half. I'll check my notes tomorrow and share them. By the way, our going away favorite, of those we tried, was the Alexander Valley Vineyard cab.
It goes for around $18 here. Tried it a couple months ago because the bottle caught my eye (I admit it - I bought a wine because of the packaging!). It was a fairly simple, fruity, young cabernet. Nothing special and nothing that would make me want to buy another bottle.
quote: The identity of their winemaker is supposedly their BIG secret... they claim that they need to keep it a secret in order to keep their price down, or something like that.
This is, I believe, complete marketing BS. The folks responsible for selling this stuff give you this line of bull in hopes of creating a buzz about the wine. If its made by Philippe Melka (for example), he's already collected his money long before the wine hits the marketplace. Why not put the winemaker's name out there to help it sell? The more likely explanation is this, "We have to keep the winemaker's name secret, becasue if we told you who it was, you probably wouldn't be able to get $20 retail for this swill."
I don't know the wine -- it might be great, but this crap about keeping the winemaker secret is just marketing fluff.
whiner is correct, Signorello makes the wine. It is a nice restaurant wine, but for what they are asking for it in Montgomery County ($35-40 retail, the County is wholesaling it to restaurants for about $25), it isn't worth it. Some nice fruit, not much finish, pleasant but not noteworthy. If I could get it for $18 I would think about it, but not for too long.
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