Everyday wine. That's what its really all about isn't it? Oenophiles can talk all they want about the best years for a top growth Bordeaux or that $9000 bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti or even a $50 bottle of Napa Cab, but most of the time most of us are drinking wines that we can afford on a regular basis. These everyday wines may not be perfect, but they bring you something that you enjoy and are easy on the bank account.
One of these everyday wines that I recently discovered is the Archstone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from Napa Valley. Try as I may, I can't find out much about this winery. I have heard from unverified sources that this is a phantom label of Sterling Vineyards, although seeing as they put their name on their Vintner's Collection bottling, there is not that much reputation to protect by going to the phantom label. In your glass the wine is deep purple in color. The nose brings blackberry jam, cassis, and black cherries with a very subtle element of cloves. On the palate, the wine is fruit forward with very nice black fruit flavors and smooth, very mild tannins. Its certainly not a wine for the cellar, but it sure drinks nicely right now. It also has some fruit that lingers very quietly on your palate for quite some time. Its a much better finish than you would expect from a fruit forward Napa Cab, especially in this price range.
Overall this Cabernet delivers a whole lot more than just about anything I've seen from Napa Valley in this price range. I highly recommend spending the $13 and trying some yourself. You might just find an ever day bargain that works for you. Pair this with pot roast or a soft, creamy blue cheese like a Saint Agur.