Decoy, Sonoma County (California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

($25): After extolling the virtues of a bevy of $100+ Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s time to return to earth.  Ironically, under Duckhorn’s Decoy label, this wine is the real thing.  It clearly demonstrates that you needn’t spend triple digits to find satisfying wine with real character.  Delivering more than the price suggests, there’s a well-integrated combination of prominent cassis-like fruitiness and subtle savory components. Mild, smooth tannins allow immediate consumption and juicy acidity in the finish prevents palate fatigue. Perfect for flank steak on the grill this summer.
90 Michael Apstein Jul 11, 2017