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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
$150.00

The case assortment includes 2 bottles of each -

 

Bodegas Bilbainas 2010 Vina Zaco Tempranillo Rioja  - WS 90

Cune 2009 Vina Real Rioja Crianza - WA...


Combo

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  Desert Wind 2011 Viognier Wahluke Slope Columbia Valley
Desert Wind 2011 Viognier Wahluke Slope Columbia Valley
$15.00 $12.95

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

Arizona Stronghold 2010 Tazi White Wine (Maynard James Keenan)
Arizona Stronghold 2010 Tazi White Wine (Maynard James Keenan)
$18.00 $14.00

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

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  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

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  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

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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  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

Chamisal 2010 Pinot Noir Edna Valley (Domaine Alfred)
Chamisal 2010 Pinot Noir Edna Valley (Domaine Alfred)
$38.00 $27.95

Platinum - Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

 

WA 90 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - A pretty, gracious wine, the 20...


Chamisal Vineyards

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  Argiolas 2010 Costera Isola Dei Nuraghi
Argiolas 2010 Costera Isola Dei Nuraghi
$14.95

WA 90 Pts - Winemaker Notes - Colour: Intense ruby red with garnet tinges. Nose: Intensely vinous, typical of Cannonau. Palate: warm, well-rounded, well structured and excellent...


Argiolas

  Tommaso Bussola 2009 Valpolicella Ripasso Ca' Del Laito
Tommaso Bussola 2009 Valpolicella Ripasso Ca' Del Laito
$20.79

WS 89 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - The 2009 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca del Laito is an irresistibly thick and densely concentrated wine that is immensely soft and ...


Tommaso Bussola

Bodegas Bilbainas 2010 Vina Zaco Tempranillo Rioja
Bodegas Bilbainas 2010 Vina Zaco Tempranillo Rioja
$8.00

WS 90 Pts - According to the Wine Spectator - This red shows focus and good density , with ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and plum accented with toast and coffee, all sup...


Bodegas Bilbainas

  Tommaso Bussola 2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore TB
Tommaso Bussola 2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore TB
$34.95

WS 90 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - A beef carpaccio aroma quickly blows off, leading to a pure core of black cherry, crème de cassis, chocolate-covered espresso an...


Tommaso Bussola

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  Spring Valley 2009 Red Wine Frederick Walla Walla Valley
Spring Valley 2009 Red Wine Frederick Walla Walla Valley
$50.00 $42.95

WA 91+ WS 90 WE 90 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - Showing the finesse driven style of the estate, the 2009 Frederick checks in as a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31...


Spring Valley Vineyard

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Clos De Los Siete 2010 Mendoza Red Wine (Michel Roland)
Clos De Los Siete 2010 Mendoza Red Wine (Michel Roland)

WA 89 Pts - According to the Wine Advocate - The 2010 Clos de los Siete is a blend of 5...
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Bibi Graetz 2012 Casamatta Rosso Toscana IGT
Bibi Graetz 2012 Casamatta Rosso Toscana IGT

Winemakers Notes - "Casamatta," or "crazy house," is Bibi Graetz's ...
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Crios De Susana Balbo 2012 Malbec Mendoza
Crios De Susana Balbo 2012 Malbec Mendoza

89 Pts IWC - According to the International Wine Cellar - right medium ruby. Spicy arom...
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Ferrari-Carano 2012 Fume Blanc Sonoma County
Ferrari-Carano 2012 Fume Blanc Sonoma County

CG 90 WA 89 Pts - According to Robert Parker - The delicious 2012 Fume Blanc exhibits l...
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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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