Good Morning Gentle Readers,
TWC picked up a bottle of 2002 Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon last week, mainly because it’s been a while. With boatloads of recent converts to the fine art of drinking wine, prices continue to climb, and in that context Estancia Cab is a good value, meaning you should be able to find it in the ten to twelve dollar range.
It’s quite drinkable now with most of the characteristics you would expect from a California Cabernet including some dark fruit, a little oak, perhaps a smidge of vanilla, and a decent finish with no hint of that sickly sweet taste TWC hates. Although it has the makings of an everyday-drinking house-wine, this won’t be the wine you’re talking up at the next party.
As a basis of comparison, the 2002 Estancia is probably on a par with Mondavi’s Woodbridge Cabernet. Except, that you can pick up a 1.5 liter bottle of Woodbridge for about the same price as a 750ml bottle of Estancia if you’re paying attention.
Oh, one more thing, The 2001 Estancia Cab was chosen as one of the fifty best under-$20.00 wines by Wine Spectator. I don't think the 2002 is going there.
Very cool virtual tour of Estancia's vineyards here (dial-up not recommended)