Napa Value

Affordable Cabernets in the Napa Valley


I‘ve recently been tasting through recent Cabernet releases from the Napa Valley and have been struck by the appeal of many of the wines. This is due in small part to the string of vintages, cooler than typical, that winemakers have recently been working with. But there might be more to it than that.
I’ve written up my thoughts on the matter and will bring them to you in fully on Thursday, but for now I just wanted to kick off the discussion with some Napa Valley Cabernets that offer good value. These may not be really inexpensive wines—Napa Cabernets just do not come cheaply—but they are roughly in the under-$25-a-bottle category, making them affordable and probably pretty easy to find. These value priced wines offer a lot to like, and serve as a great introduction to both the style of recent vintages and (perhaps) a hint of winemaking trends in Napa Valley circa 2013.


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Napa Value Wines Under $25

Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Courtney Benham (2009)
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Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon (2010)
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Rutherford Ranch Napa Cabernet (2009)
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B Side Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (2010)
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Martin Ray Courtney Benham Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder (2009)
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Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2010)
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Summers Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley (2010)
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Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2009)
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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
    Hand of Snooth
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    Another to consider is St. Supery, which in the past has been available at discount for $24 or occasionally less. Not going to change your life, but a solid performer with a decently restrained style. There's been some variation from year to year, as you would expect with a wine that actually depends on grapes and not just winemaking. I don't buy it much--I'm near to wine country and can find discounts on things that are higher end and hard to find, so Napa Cab under $30 isn't exactly Shangri La--but I never wrinkle my nose when someone brings it to dinner, and it's broadly available.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

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