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Hark, a new and good cabernet sauvignon

I'm often recommended a wine while walking the aisles of grocery stores. It's what sales staff do -- sell you a wine, and often a wine that makes them more money. 

I was a bit skeptical when a Total Wine staffer thrust a bottle of 2014 Courtney Benham Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. For $20, could it really live up to the expectations he pronounced on it?

I'm happy to say that it did. Although not as dense or complicated as other Napa cabernets twice the cost, it over-delivers. It has a fruit-forward style with hedonistic black cherry and raspberry flavors with a good dose of vanilla.  Delicious comes to mind.

This wine is drinking nice now, but has the tannin and alcohol to give it cellar endurance for a couple of years.