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Top Napa Cabs Cabernet Sauvignon: It’s one of the big daddies of the wine world, and the wines from California, in particular Napa Valley, can compete with the best, and have the price tags to prove it. We can lament the change that has occurred with the vast majority of Napa Cabernets over the past decade or two, or we can simply continue to look for quality and  -- dare I say it? -- value.

This group of wines was made up of some real heavy hitters, not the priced-to-the-stratosphere cult wines, but some of the more expensive, widely distributed, and established wines from California. The question is, of course, are they worth the money they command? Well, yes and no. The value question is always a touchy one. What is affordable to one may be a splurge to another, so let me just say that this was, as a group, an impressive set of wines. Let me also say that I would not exactly say that price and quality were particularly well aligned in this tasting. Some less expensive wines did very well and would be the wines I’d be buying.

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  • Snooth User: xnermal
    332950 3

    I think not including the Caymus in this list is crazy. It is year after year one of the most consistently great wines produced.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

  • Snooth User: VinoDude33
    359722 10

    Hey Greg...ever hear of VENGE? I think you missed on this one!!

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:52 PM

  • Snooth User: aznbum
    632994 1

    opus one?

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:10 PM

  • Snooth User: cabgrower
    420293 2

    Would you please get over the multiple clicks to download your article. Sends me packing after two.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:23 PM

  • ditto cabgrower--please publish a continuous page. This format is tedious.
    ditto xnermal--Caymus and Kenwood Jack London ought to be here too.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:32 PM

  • Snooth User: cabrab
    377859 3

    I have fallen in love with Peju!

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Hey Folks, I don't get to taste every wine made, but if you could help with that it would be much appreciated.

    In order to help move this effort along I'll let you all know that at the end of each of these slideshows you'll find a link to the full page version of the article.

    Yes, we do really listen.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:46 PM

  • Snooth User: clikins
    278711 8

    I would add Chimney Rock to your list. We love their Cabs as well as their Elevage. These are our family celebration wines!! Hope you can try one soon.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 6:09 PM

  • Snooth User: stephanied
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    676731 25

    I'd be thrilled if you tasted our Juslyn SPring Mtn Estate Cabernet to review... how can I send you sample?

    Dec 16, 2010 at 6:55 PM

  • Snooth User: kcaste
    318204 21

    what are your thoughts about Cafaro?

    Dec 16, 2010 at 7:46 PM

  • Snooth User: jamesy
    362251 12

    We recently finished a 05 Heitz Reserve Cab that knocks the socks off the Mondavi Reserve and for $40 less money. Talk about balance! And long lasting ultra clean fruit in combo with subtle cedary notes. I was left sniffing an empty glass for minutes afterward not wanting to let the experience go...
    Greg, you must try this one.
    obtw I agree with the Caymus comment, Chimney Rock- not so much.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:18 PM

  • Snooth User: tom90712
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    i totally agree with the Caymus winery,i met Charlie Wagner years ago when working for Gallo Wine Co and i have to say such consistancy,their reg bottling is 59.95,the Napa Valley label so good always in the 90s rated.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:14 PM

  • Snooth User: tom90712
    626222 20

    anybody know that needs a winery rep? i have 20 years in the business please let me know thank you! 562-552-1248. i live in the long beach area in california.

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:16 PM

  • 15.5%? Where will this stop?

    Dec 17, 2010 at 6:08 AM

  • Snooth User: lisamattsonwine
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    372258 384

    Love Mount Veeder AVA Cabernets. It's my favorite Napa appellation.

    Happy holidays, everyone!

    Dec 17, 2010 at 12:11 PM

  • Snooth User: Philip James
    Founding Member Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Snooth's address is 49 West 24th St, 5th Floor, NY 10010. Please send samples to Greg's attention there. Thanks


    Dec 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM

  • Snooth User: redwine01
    586642 30

    Some people might think this is over rated but I love Silver Oak Cabernet 1991/92 what a beautiful wine

    Dec 18, 2010 at 11:09 PM

  • Snooth User: pswine101
    642274 1

    For an oldie but goodie: 1970 Inglenook cask Cab.

    Dec 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

  • VinoDude 33 is right on... Kurt Venge (Nils' boy) has taken the helm at Venge Vineyards and is making some great wines...
    I think Nils can make great wine from nearly any varietal and Kurt is a chip off the old block..

    Dec 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

  • Snooth User: ssolot
    468011 36

    I think your website is basically USELESS!!! You show top Cabs, but when you click on one and try to find and buy it, it takes you nowhere.

    Apr 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM

  • A few weeks back I reviewed Napa Cabs that were all under $20 and excellent choices for the bargain wine consumer. You can see my choices and top six picks at These are really very good without breaking the bank.

    Apr 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM

  • Snooth User: sroland11
    829901 21

    I would certainly add Trefethren to the list. Their 07 is very enjoyable. I have never been dissapointed with their Cabs.

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

  • Snooth User: rlapolla
    610235 52

    i would like to be able to print he entire article in one shot without doing it page by page. im busy here. can that feature be added??

    Apr 28, 2011 at 7:06 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
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    I just stumbled onto this article from the Cabernet GTI page. Very interesting read--mostly because it includes some of my favorites. I was intrigued by your choice of one of the wines for evaluation--the Staiger. I know that California does have some fame for techtonic activity, but the current map shows the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA to be about 70-100 miles south of Napa Valley. ;-)

    OK, enough snarkiness, a 92-pt rated cab for less than $30 has my respect. I don't care where it comes from.

    Sep 20, 2011 at 9:11 PM

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