In the Latest Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Heimoff, who covers the California wine scene, recommended 30 Napa Valley Cabernets under the $30 mark. I found these 90-point plus wines on the W.E. list at my local stores for less than $20 a bottle.
Conn Creek 2007 – $17.99 at BevMo – SRP is $25
Edge 2009 – $16.99 at KL Wines, The Wine Stop – SRP is $20
B Side 2009 – $19.80 at the Safeway (Burlingame) if you buy six, but it is the 2010 vintage. SRP is $25
Franciscan 2008 – $18.99 at KL Wines – SRP is $27
Robert Mondavi 2009 – $18.99 Costco – SRP is $28
Black Stallion 2009 – $18.99 at BevMo – SRP is $25
Oberon 2009 – $17.99 at Safeway (Burlingame), $19.99 at BevMo – SRP is $22
Buehler 2009 – $19.99 at KL Wines, The Wine Stop, $18 if you buy 6 at Safeway (Burlingame).
You can see the complete list of wines at the Wine Enthusiast Website.
We were having a little gathering at my house in honor of my son visiting for a few days from his home in Santa Monica. I purchased three wines to drink with our guests and did a side-by-side comparison. We tasted the Oberon, Edge and Conn Creek. There was no disagreement on our choice: The 2007 Conn Creek was stunningly delicious. The Edge was our second choice. I am out the door this morning to get at least a half case of the Conn Creek Cab. Wow!
Each vintage year I try to stock away a mixed case of Napa Valley Cabernet in my cellar. It is a lot of fun and educational to pull bottles from past vintages from your cellar each month. It is a safe bet that a good Napa Valley Cabernet is going to age nicely in the bottle if stored under the proper conditions. If you have the budget, pick a few of these wines to put away for up to ten years. Those $20 Napa Cabs will be worth quite a bit more down the road.
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