Varietal: Napa Cabs under $30

No, no, Winos.  I’m not talking about taxi cabs in Napa Valley…  I’m talking about Cabernets Sauvignons from Napa Valley!  (Wa-ha-ha.)

I came across the Wine Enthusiast’s recent article on 30 Napa Cabs for Under $30. Since Napa Valley’s Cabernet Sauvignons can be quite expensive, I’m happy to have a list to work through that is more within my budget for wine!  I’m personally willing to spend up to about $14 on a bottle I’m unfamiliar with, but beyond that, I get nervous about buying it if I haven’t already heard the bottle is a delight.  So this list will serve as a nice little guide when I feel the need to buy a “special” bottle of Cab that goes beyond my $14 range!  (Note there are a few on the list that are under $14!) Anyway, I figured if this article was something that I’m bookmarking, that some of you might like to have it handy as well!

I have only enjoyed one of the 30 wines on the list… and I have to say, I loved it.  And when I love a bottle, I remember clearly the festivities (major or minor) that surround it… Off of this list, it was the Franciscan – I was with close friends in Jacksonville Beach, FL at Casa Marina Restaurant celebrating a birthday.  All of us around the table were Winos and all of us enjoyed this bottle so much that we got two. (Not that that is all that unusual.) Since that time, I have had it with some of my favorite co-workers/friends (including loyal reader, “CA Wino”) upon visiting the Jacksonville area again at Eleven South Bistro.  So if any of my Jax friends are reading, and dining at these locales, get the Franciscan when you go! I’m sure it is available at many restaurants around the country, but the Franciscan accompanies good memories of great company during my Florida days.  (Note: The Franciscan is available at Costco at a great price – $18.99 – whereas it is normally in the mid to upper $20’s elsewhere.)

Ok, so enough of my oh so happy Wino memories… here’s the list.  The article has some more detail for the first ten Cabs listed, so I highly encourage you to check it out!  The number in front of each bottle is the wine’s rating.  (More to follow on wine ratings on a future Thoroughly Wine Know Thursday posting!) Let me know if you’ve tried any… you may see some of these on Divine Wine Sunday as I work my way through tasting them!!

Wine Enthusiast’s Top 10 Napa Cabs for under $30

93 Conn Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $25

92 Edge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $20

90 Fuse 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $22

92 B Side 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $25

91 Martin Ray 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $25

91 Franciscan 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $27 (again, available at Costco for less!)

91 Robert Mondavi 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $28

91 Black Stallion 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $25

90 St. Supéry 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $30

91 Oberon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $22

 

20 More Great Values in Napa Cab

90 Buehler 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $25

90 Decoy 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $25

90 Evolve 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder). Price: $30

90 Q 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $18

90 Summers 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Calistoga). Price: $26

89 Napa Family Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Best Buy. Price: $10

89 Trailhead 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $30

88 Aquinas 2007 Philosopher’s Blend Reserve Red (Napa Valley). Price: $25

88 Ca’ Momi 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $25

88 Cameron Hughes 2007 Lot 287 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $20

88 Goyette 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $24

88 Mario Perelli-Minetti 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $23

87 C&B 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Best Buy. Price: $12.

87 Cameron Hughes 2008 Lot 290 Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain). Price: $22

87 Heritance 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $28

87 Napa Station 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $22

87 Newton 2009 Red Label Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County). Price: $28

87 Round Pond 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $30

86 Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $18

86 Castle Rock 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Price: $18

 

[Source: Wine Enthusiast Magazine]

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