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Apr 18, 2008 03:15 AM

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons under $30

I am looking for very good Cabs that are ready to drink now for under $30. I was also wondering how one good get a moderate priced Cab with a vintage less than 2000.

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  1. My favorite Napa Cabs in that price range are Worthy Sophia's Cuvee and Buehler. Others to look for are Bennett Lane Maximus, Franciscan Oakville Estate, and Hess Collection.

    1. I do not know about the "earlier than 2000 vintage for under $30" stipulation, but I would say that Bill Hunt has rightfully been making a case for "the Edge" by Signerello, which I believe retails for around $19 in the US. I tried the 2005 vintage a few weeks ago and think I might buy some more this weekend.

      For a blend containing some cab sauv, Orin Swift "the Prisoner" is always a good bet. Have not yet tried 2006 but 2005 was mighty tasty.

      1. Why does it have to be Napa Valley?

        Why does it have to be prior to (older than) the 2000 vintage?

        1. 2000 vintage was horrible....2001 was great...2002 was good

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          1. re: vino5150

            Agreed, but I took the OP's comment ("a vintage less than 2000") to mean he was looking for wines produced PRIOR to 2000 . . . but it is an awkward way of phrasing it; perhaps you are correct.


          2. *****Montoya $15
            *****Sterling $18 (oddly I like regular Sterling better $12)
            ***Franciscan $20
            Havent tried the Charles Krug $20 but there are great reatings and a few of my frieds said it was outstanding.