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Feb 9, 2007 10:24 AM

Recommendation for great red $20-$30

I'd like to purchase a few bottles of a fantastic red to give as thank you gifts to my girlfriends who are hosting a baby shower for me. I was thinking of giving them something from the Napa/Sonoma region, as my husband and I vacationed there this summer. Even though we were there for a few days, my knowledge of the area is still somewhat limited. I'd like to buy something that provides the biggest bang for my buck and that my friends can really enjoy. My friends enjoy reds more than whites, especially varietals like cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. I live in Virginia, so would like to make sure that the wine is available either locally, or can be shipped to me.

Any suggestions?

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  1. In terms of "bang-for-the-buck" Cabs for under $30, a couple that I've had success with.....

    Markham '01 Napa
    Justin '04 Paso Robles
    Clos du Val '02 Napa
    Rutherford Hill '01 Napa
    and a lil sleeper from down under.............
    Penfolds Bin 407 Cab '03 that I sell for 19.99 and tastes like much more..........

    In terms of Pinots, there are many available for under 30 that are yummy.................

    from Cali............
    Chalone Estate '04
    Byron '04 Santa Maria
    ZD Carneros '04
    Morgan 12 Clones
    Hartford Court "Land's Edge" '05
    And my Favorite in the price range.............
    Bernardus "Monterey" '05
    Oregon also has many and to list a couple that I've been very happy with are:
    King Estate '04
    Adelsheim '04
    Bethel Heights '05
    and another at 19.99 that churns out of my store
    Jezebel '05

    There are many others, but all of these are in the range you are looking for and should be available almost anywhere...........

    Good Luck!

    1. Assuming you are set on Napa CA wine (if not, bang for your buck might be a second label Bordeaux from a decent house/recent top vintage, or maybe a Ribera del Duero from Spain) - you may do best to avoid getting it shipped and see what your local purveyors have on hand. Look for '01 Cab sales.

      I've gotten good buys recently on William Hill Reserve ('01/'02); other names to look for in cabs at the price point (or a bit above - again, look for sales): Rosenblum, Andretti, Phoenix, White Oak, Chappellet, Cenay, Mt.Eden, Cuvaison, Silverado, Turnbull; and in Pinot: Domaine Carneros, Etude, MacRostie, Talisman, Signorello.

      1. Per the above, Clos du Val is a good call, too.

        1. When I hear "bang for the buck" I think of Latin American wines.
          May I suggest:
          Carmenere, Casa Silva, Chile
          Meritage, Cabrenet Sauvignon/Malbec, Antonio Nerviani, Argentina
          Malbec/Syrah, Trumpeter, Bodega La Rural, Argentina
          Patriota, Bonarda/Malbec, Tikal, Argentina
          Eolo, Tannat/Ruby Cab, Vinedo De los Vientos, Uruguay

          1. Try Oberon Cabernet from Napa or Villa Mt. Eden Tall Trees Cab also from Napa. These are two really good Cabs that are amazing for the $$.

            As far as Pinot Noir is concerned: Saintsbury Garnet has always been a great wine at a great price. La Crema Pinot Noir is also outstanding.