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Snooth User: Philip James

Fruity cab with terroir for under $20 - is it even possible?

Posted by Philip James, Mar 18, 2008.

I recently had a second bottle of this: http://www.snooth.com/wine/chateau-... and think its a good wine. Very fruity, rich and jammy, but lacking in terroir/structure and backbone.

I can find a cab in my price range that has the latter, but they tend to lack the fruit.

Is it possible to get both for $20, or do i give up and enjoy those flavors separately, shelling gout $50 when i really want to experience both together?

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Reply by John Andrews, Mar 18, 2008.

What about Cabs from say Chile or Argentina ... I can't remember the name but my cousin had a pretty good one at her wedding, I think! ;-)

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 19, 2008.

It is hard to get all of that from an inexpensive Cabernet. That's why they invented the Bordeaux blend! I agree with HondaJohn - Chile, Uruguay and Argentina have enough sun to make lush, fruity cabs with sufficient structure. There are tons of good examples in the $15 to $20 range.

I'd also suggest this - http://www.snooth.com/wine/courier-...

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Reply by Derek67, Mar 21, 2008.

I had a fantastic cab recently that retails for between 15 and 20 bucks. It is the 2005 Kunde Sonoma Cabernet. Try it it tastes like a $50 cab!

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Reply by John Andrews, Apr 1, 2008.

Then of course there is Evil from R Wines ... http://www.snooth.com/wine/evil-cab... At $9 a bottle it is worth a try and RP gave it a 92 so it must be good (tongue in cheek).

Actually I did try some of this ... and I'm totally surprised by it. R Wines are definitely worth a try.

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 1, 2008.

I'm actually interested in trying the Ravenswood Cab (http://www.snooth.com/wine/ravenswo...). Their merlot is $10 and very fruit forward.

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Reply by John Andrews, Apr 17, 2008.

Wine.com just sent out an email for their top rated cabs under $20:

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Special Price: $16.99
Chile, South America
Wine Spectator 91 point rating
Wine Enthusiast 90 point rating
International Wine Cellar 90 point rating

Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 - Our Price: $18.29
Coonawarra, Australia
International Wine Cellar 90 point rating

Evil Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - Our Price: $9.99
South Australia, Australia
The Wine Advocate 90 point ratingThe Wine Advocate 90 point rating

Calina Alance Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Our Price: $14.99
Chile, South America
Wine Enthusiast 90 point rating

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - Special Price: $17.99
Argentina, South America
Wine Spectator 90 point rating
The Wine Advocate 90 point rating

Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 - Our Price: $17.79
Other Australia
The Wine Advocate 89 point rating

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - Our Price: $7.99
Chile, South America
Wine & Spirits 89 point rating

Los Vascos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Our Price: $18.29
Chile, South America
International Wine Cellar 88 point rating

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - Our Price: $10.79
Chile, South America
International Wine Cellar 88 point rating

De Martino Legado Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - Our Price: $13.79
Chile, South America
Wine Spectator 88 point rating

The list is much longer, I just copied the first page.

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Reply by winoworld, Apr 18, 2008.

You Might want to try Barnard Griffin Cab fro Washington $17.00

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Reply by abithompson, Apr 28, 2008.

Wow I'm just here to rain on everyone's parade it seems. I don't really believe you can find a good, fruity cab with actual terroir for under $20.

I think HondaJohn's got it right to look to the South because you're almost always going to get some sense of place with Chile or Argentina.. Not sure its exactly the terroir I want with my cab, personally. I'll take a cheap zin or syrah over a cheap cab, though. That is, if I'm just flat out looking for jammy fruit.

I honestly don't think there's any cheap cab with terroir out there that I'm interested in drinking.. Then again, I am crazy spoiled. ;)

But hey, I was with a group of Soms recently and a Seghesio Zin from Sonoma (< $20) got mis-ID as a Paulliac, of all things.. rather embarrassing for the guy but speaks highly of the wine.. I keep meaning to pick some up..

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Reply by John Andrews, Apr 28, 2008.

@abithompson ... that's the great thing about wine ... there is something for everyone. I do have to agree that I'm probably not going to enjoy a Cab that is under $20 but I'm hoping to be surprised.

I, like you, get a bit spoiled with wines that I have access to being close to Napa. Of course, I tend to Syrah and Pinot more (from Sonomo of course).


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