What are some of your favourite cabernets?
Planning a wine tasting party featuring the formidable Cabernet varietal and want to offer a good bottle--good meaning good value for the cash, and nothing I'd have to mortgage my house for. What are your favourites?
Where are you located and what price range would you be comfortable at? This information is likely to help narrow down the possibilities for anyone that wants to repond.
I find that I like some CS from the Alexander Valley that can be relative bargains, but I don't know what you have access to.
My absolute favorite Cabernets and those that I would consider good value for the cash aren't always the same wines. In fact, they rarely are. If the question is, "what are some of your favorites", the answer might include Buccella, Seavey, Keever, Pina, Pride, and Clark-Claudon. If the question is, "What are some of the great bargains for quality in the Cabernet world", my answer would probably be Blueprint by Lail, Seavey (again), the non vineyard-designate Cabernets from Neal, and Kamen. Those are just off the top of my head and I'm sure I could come up with a few more if pressed to think about it.
R. Jason Coulston
Fav. Cabs: Diamond Creek (any single vineyard, except Lake, as it is so very pricy).
Joseph Phelps' Insignia (OK, it's a blend, but that is alright)
Cain Five (another blend, but what's wrong with blends?)
Sullivan Napa - needs some time in the decanter
Milat Napa - was the base Cab for Silver Oak Napa for decades, and has wonderful mint notes.
Older Mondavi Reserve Cabs - newer ones are not yet up to par
Beringer Reserve - older still seems better
Groth Red Stripe - always great, even in poorer years
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