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Dec 13, 2010 03:22 PM

Recco. for nice red to age a few years

Want to buy a nice bottle of red for nephew ($50 range) that will do well with aging for a few years. He's 19 but does imbibe with the family at gatherings and does enjoy beefy reds - cab's usually. Hoping he'll put it in 'rents wine fridge till he turns 21 :) We usually drink Lancaster, Turnbull, Whitehall but wanted to deviate a little for him. Also, in case it makes a difference as far as availability, we live in MA. THX

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  1. Stefano Barolo is worth a few years age and is easily sourced in MA. If you can still grab the 2004, do so. It's beefy and olivey, with dark fruit and leather. Not sure where in MA you are, but it's available at the Yankee Spirits group of stores.

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    1. re: invinotheresverde

      Actually, almost any Cab will "age for a few years" with no problem. Of course, some vintages (and wines from some winemakers) need more than that. I'd also suggest that you might want to look for something different and get a good Syrah for him. I don't think you will find much from 2004 or earlier available for that price that you would want, but who knows.

      Wines I've enjoyed in the past (i.e., in previous years) that are may be available now that you might consider are:

      2006 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
      2006 Ramey Claret Napa Valley
      2005 Bennett Lane Maximus Red Napa Valley
      2005 Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley
      2006 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
      2006 Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate

      Others that are a little more expensive, and harder to find, would include

      2006 Karl Lawrence Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
      2005 or 2006 Match Butterdragon Hill Cab. Sauv.

      1. re: dinwiddie

        You probably didn't mean to reply to me, right? ;)

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Right. But as long as the OP can see it, what the hey.

    2. Thanks for the suggestions! Going to pick up a few for myself, too :)

      1. The Cab from Schild Estate is amazing. Finished the last of the 2003 vintage my winery has a few months ago. It ages well. Buy up some of the younger Cab and watch it grow ;-)

        Also, the Schild Shiraz is in the spectator's top 100 for this year. For 50 bucks you could nab a bottle of Shiraz and the Cab (if lucky), and thus educate your nephew as to the joy of the different grapes.

        They are australian though, dunno if you can get them from your location, but thy do ship I think, and have an online store.

        If you must have American, some of the valley ranges of the Ravenswood Winery I've tried (and liked a lot, especially the premium ones)

        Also, K Vintners (Washington) is awesome, but difficult to come by: tried some of their Shiraz at a tasting.... very complex stuff.