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Which Napa Valley winery makes sweetest cab sauvignion?
Answer From Expert Roger Bohmrich MW

This is in fact a challenging question to answer since Cabernet Sauvignon is not a "sweet" wine in terms of measurable, taste-able sugar content. That said, alcohol itself has a sweet taste, so Napa Cabs approaching 15% alcohol may seem sweet to some drinkers. But how you judge such a wine depends on many other factors which may offset or reinforce perceived sweetness including acidity, pH and tannin. In terms of style, I would suggest the modestly priced Layer Cake Cab, which has a California (not Napa) designation. Rutherford Ranch comes from Napa Valley and is one you might like, selling at a below-average price for its origin. Or perhaps Silver Oak Napa Valley which is more expensive. Stylistically, it may also fit your preferences.

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with a leading European company. Previously, he served as senior executive of importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In recent years, Roger has judged wine competitions in Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, China and the U.S. Roger is one of America's first Masters of Wine.

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