Friday, October 2, 2020

Great Napa Cabernet for under $40

Great Napa Cabernet for under $40

It seems to be getting harder and harder to find that great easy drinking Napa Cabernet these days. As prices have climbed on wines from Napa Valley we often turn towards areas like Paso Robles, Washington State, Argentina and even Australia for value when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon. But there is nothing quite like a classic Napa Cab on these cool Fall evenings we have been having.

2016 Salvestrin Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $34.99

Compare to $67.99 at Total Wine
From a gem of a vineyard in St. Helena and a mix of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard Estate offers a fresh, complex bouquet of plums, blueberries, gravelly minerality, and incense. It's more focused and streamlined compared to the Three D release (which is a 2015), has terrific purity of fruit, medium body, and good length. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

2018 Xanthos Oakville Napa Cabernet Sauvignon...$32.99
Oakville is Napa Valley’s most exclusive terroir, normally it is hard to find one less than $100, some famous Oakville producers include Far Niente, Groth, Screaming Eagle and Opus One. Those are some impressive neighbors.
Aged in 60% new French Oak for 15 months. Featuring opulent layers of blackberry, bing cherry and juicy red fruit character that unfold with complex nuances of violet and mocha. Ample, mature tannins provide firm structure and rich texture for the mouth filling flavors. is rich, generous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and delicious now.

2017 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $29.98
Compare to $33.97 at Total Wine
Distinctive, with blueberry and açaí berry fruit flavors, infused liberally with sassafras, bay leaf and sweet spice notes. A beautiful rendition of mountain fruit, laced with racy acidity and carried by smoldering tannins. Shows impressive detail and energy for a 2017. Best from 2021 through 2035.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2017 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $28.99
Balanced and juicy with chocolate, spice, walnut and currant character. Medium to full body. Lightly austere and toned. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2017 Rubus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$26.99
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Rubus wines are fruit driven, true-to-type values that over deliver - a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price. Its long finish displays full mature flavors of blackberry, currant and chocolate with just a hint of toasty oak and black cherry. The tannins are refined and polished, allowing the fruit to be the focus.
Serve this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a variety of bold preparations ranging from Osso Bucco, grilled steak, other grilled red meats and cheeses.

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