A relatively little known Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon has won the Wine Spectator’s 2015, Wine of the Year. The 2012 Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Au Paradis was rated No. 1 wine by the Spectator’s tasting panel for wines released this year. The wine earned a score of 96 and retails for $195. This is the fifth time in the Spectator’s history of their annual Top 100 that a Napa Valley has earned this distinction.
The true irony of this event, for those who read Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert’s wine reviews on Active Rain, she truly finds great bargains. Here is an example of her review of 2012 Megahurtz Cabernet Sauvignon which she found on sale for $24.98 per bottle. Normally $45 per bottle, still a good deal when compared to $195.
Granted the Michael will probably taste better but in this era of minimum $100 for almost any Napa Valley Cabernet, just how much so is the $64 question. As many who live here in this Valley, the true Holy Grail is the great bottle of Cabernet you find at one of the local drug stores on sale for $20 per bottle. When one finds it, you run back and buy all they have which is generally the rest of the unsold wines from a case of two. Good hunting to all those who buy wines the way I do.