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Napa Value Wines Under $25

7. Summers Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley (2010)

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Average price: $29.99 from 18 stores
A nice minty, herbaceous edge greets the nose, adding freshness here to the slightly oaky and hard dark currant fruit. This smells unforgiving. Tight on entry, there's a good amount of fruit here, but this is not fleshy and plump but rather focused and crisp, medium weight with black cherry and currant fruit topped with a hint of mint and laid over a base of cedary oak. This seems to need some time in the bottle, not soft but neither oppressive for its a slightly fruit-driven classic Napa Valley Cabernet, though perhaps not representative of the typical warmth of Calistoga. The finish shows more of the oak, dry and nutty with lingering vanilla sweetness matched by the compressed cherry fruit and ending with a touch of smoke on the finale. Should benefit from 1-3 years in the cellar. 87pts
 
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  • 1215330Robert Creamer I would add Buehler to the mix of Napa values under $25. Both their estate and regular bottlings can be found at or below $25.


  • 1203186winedaddy How about Spann Vineyards Classic Four. Ok, its from Sonoma but this winery is producing outstanding wines. and its around $22.


  • 895953premiercollection BV Rutherford hits the spot for the same price.



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