Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon Margarita Vineyard 2012

The Margarita Vineyard, owned by the family that produces another of our favorite value-priced California Cabernets, Ancient Peaks, is unique among Paso Robles vineyards. Located in Santa Margarita in the Santa Lucia Mountains near the border of San Luis Obispo, it is the most southern site in the Paso appellation. Its proximity to the ocean--14 miles--makes it much cooler than its northern neighbors, resulting in wines with distinctive character and texture. Up-and-coming winemakers Chris Brockway (Broc Cellars) and Brian Terrizzi (Giornata) recognized this and got their hands on some fruit. Like the 2009, 2010 is all about pure Cabernet black and red fruit aromas and flavors, with hints of chalky minerals and baking spice. It's medium-bodied and supple on the midpalate, with juicy berry, currant and black plum flavors, fine tannins and moderate alcohol. Another balanced and cleanly made Cabernet meant for easy-drinking! One of the NY Times top domestic wines under $20 [+]