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Underrated and Overlooked Wine

Welcome to the our newest ongoing feature. The Underrated and Overlooked.
This is where we here at Napacabs will take a closer look at wines that (as you may have guessed) were scored a little too low by the critics, or would be easy to miss.

Lets face it: There are a lot of wines out there. So many wines, that deciding what to try can be quite daunting for someone who's just starting out, or even an avid buyer simply looking for something new. The current expert rating systems (Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, etc ..) do a fantastic job of making the wine world more accessible, and shining a spotlight on some truly exceptional products. That being said, it is often the case that these exceptional wines, which often see price bumps and availability issues, will overshadow their lower scoring(but also great) peers.

With The Underrated, we hope to give you another opinion/perspective on wines that are not getting the attention they deserve. We are not trying to counter or invalidate any standing critic’s score; we are simply reiterating that every score is another persons palate giving their subjective interpretation of a highly complex experience. Who’s to say their tastes align with yours? Are you wrong for disagreeing with a highly rated bottle? Or perhaps liking a wine that scored poorly? Of Course not. You don’t have to stop buying that 95pt Cabernet that retails for $90 (Seriously, please don’t stop buying that).

We simply wish to give you another perspective, hopefully making your online wine shopping experience a little more personal, and to make sure you don’t miss out on some wonderful wines that might have got (say it with me) ... Underrated or Overlooked.

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Chateau St. Jean 2010 Chardonnay Alexander Valley Belle Terre Vineyard
Chateau St. Jean 2010 Chardonnay Alexander Valley Belle Terre Vineyard
$19.95

WA 90 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - One of the highlights in this portfolio, the 2010 Chardonnay Belle Terre Vineyard packs serious weight. The aromas and flavors are beau...

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  Vino de Espana 12 Btl Combo with NapaCabs Corkscrew
Vino de Espana 12 Btl Combo with NapaCabs Corkscrew
$145.00

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Bodegas Bilbainas 2010 Vina Zaco Tempranillo Rioja  - WS 90

Rio Madre 2012 Rioja Graciano (Ilurce)...


Combo

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  Desert Wind 2011 Viognier Wahluke Slope Columbia Valley
Desert Wind 2011 Viognier Wahluke Slope Columbia Valley
$15.00 $11.95

WS 90 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Silky and spicy, shoehorning plenty of pear, lime and clove flavors into a lithe and appealing frame. This finishes with delicacy. Drin...


Desert Wind Winery

Desert Wind 2010 Merlot Wahluke Slope Columbia Valley
Desert Wind 2010 Merlot Wahluke Slope Columbia Valley
$18.00 $11.95

WS 89 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Fresh and vibrant, showing restraint in terms of size and structure, with red berry, cinnamon and savory spice flavors that linger easi...


Desert Wind Winery

  Ferraton 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Red La Matiniere
Ferraton 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Red La Matiniere
$14.95

WS 90 WA 88-90 Pts - Winemakers Notes - The colour is intense cherry-red colour. The nose is small red fruit, blackcurrants. The palate is very aromatic attack, aromas of ripe r...


Ferraton Pere & Fils

  Arizona Stronghold 2010 Tazi White Wine (Maynard James Keenan)
Arizona Stronghold 2010 Tazi White Wine (Maynard James Keenan)
$18.00 $16.95

Winemaker Notes - Maynard James Keenan is, for all intents and purposes, a Rock Star. The co-founder of rock music acts TOOL, a perfect circle, and Puscifer now enters into a ne...


Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

McIntyre 2011 Merlot Kimberly Vineyard Arroyo Seco
McIntyre 2011 Merlot Kimberly Vineyard Arroyo Seco
$16.95

WE 90 Pts- Editor's Choice! According to Wine Enthusiast - A real delight for its delicious drinkability, and a revelation for Monterey Merlot. Shows the acidity and varietal pu...


McIntyre Vineyards

  Wattle Creek 2010 Red Triple Play Alexander Valley
Wattle Creek 2010 Red Triple Play Alexander Valley
$25.00 $20.95

WE 89 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - This is a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Viognier. The reds bring robust, full-bodied and dry flavors of raspberry and cherry jam, w...


Wattle Creek Winery

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  Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Combo (2 Bottles)
Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Combo (2 Bottles)
$49.95

Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - WE 92 Pts - This attractive blend is loaded with floral and bright fruit qualities. Aromas of cherry, violet and...


Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards

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Prunotto 2009 Barbaresco DOCG
Prunotto 2009 Barbaresco DOCG
$39.95

WA 92 WS 90 WE 90 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - The 2009 Barbaresco blossoms on the palate with dried herbs, tobacco, crushed flowers and sweet red berries. The aromas and ...


Prunotto

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  Foral 2010 Vinho Tinto Portugal
Foral 2010 Vinho Tinto Portugal
$8.95

WINE SPECTATOR "Best Values" The vibrant flavors of boysenberry,blackberry and plum pudding are lush and flanked by notes of vanilla and cinn...


Caves Alianca

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  Ricard Anise Pastis Marseille - 750ml
Ricard Anise Pastis Marseille - 750ml
$30.95

Pastis was first commercialized by Paul Ricard in 1932 and enjoys substantial popularity in France, especially in the southern regions of the country. Although it is consumed th...


Paul Ricard

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Rafael Palacios 2010 Sabrego Godello D.O. Valdeorras
Rafael Palacios 2010 Sabrego Godello D.O. Valdeorras
$12.95

IWC 90 Pts - According to the International Wine Cellar - Light gold. An aromatic nose is dominated by lanolin, dried flowers and citrus peel. Quite taut and energetic on the pa...


Rafael Palacios

  Marques de Caceres 2004 Rioja Gran Reserva
Marques de Caceres 2004 Rioja Gran Reserva
$26.95

WS 91 WE 90 Pts - Acording to the Wine Spectator - Lively and fresh, this focused red offers plum, mineral, sanguine and tobacco notes backed by firm tannins and good acidity....


Marques de Caceres

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  Altovinum 2011 Evodia Garnacha Old Vines
Altovinum 2011 Evodia Garnacha Old Vines
$7.95

WA 89 Pts - According to Robert Parker - This Eric Solomon custom cuvee is made from a high-altitude vineyard planted in schist and slate soils. Composed of 100% tank-aged Garn...


Altovinum


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Domaine Chandon NV Brut Classic California - 187ml
Domaine Chandon NV Brut Classic California - 187ml

WE 90 Pts - According to the Wine Enthusiast - On the sweet side, but so nicely acidifi...
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Conn Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Conn Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

WA 91 WE 90 Pts - According to Robert Parker - The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mount...
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Bodegas Bilbainas 2010 Vina Zaco Tempranillo Rioja
Bodegas Bilbainas 2010 Vina Zaco Tempranillo Rioja

WS 90 Pts - According to the Wine Spectator - This red shows focus and good density , ...
Price: $8.95



Domaine Lafage 2012 Miraflors Rose Roussillon
Domaine Lafage 2012 Miraflors Rose Roussillon

WA 90 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - A knockout rose that has Provencal aromas and ...
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Sextant 2010 Zinfandel Wheelhouse Paso Robles
Sextant 2010 Zinfandel Wheelhouse Paso Robles

WS 89 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Dense and ripe, but shows plenty of finesse, ...
Price: $21.00 $17.49


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