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Snooth User: HarryS

need some ideas.....

Posted by HarryS, Mar 3, 2010.

Can you tell me some of your favourited REDS in the 20$-30$ range. I would like to try a varitey in hopes to nail down my likes...then start my mini cellar.


Reply by napagirl68, Mar 4, 2010.

Well, I am biased.  I am a California native and love california wines.  I would start with some mid range cabs, such as Alexander Valley Cab..  BUT your best bet in that price range is to try other varietals.. there really aren't a lot of good cabs in that price range.  Sooo...try some zins (red), syrahs, petit syrahs... try Amador county, Lodi, Paso Robles..   That is just to start.. this is a hard question to answer!!!  Happy tasting!

Reply by dmcker, Mar 4, 2010.

There are a few Napa cabs at around $20 that I think are more than merely drinkable. The three I like best are:

  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee
  • Waterstone
  • Beckstoffer 'The Sum'

Checkout this thread:

Branching out further, try some Zinfandels from Sonoma, some pinot noir and syrah from Santa Barbara and Ojai, some cabernet, merlot, syrah and others from the Columbia River Valley (Walla Walla), and that's only a small sampling from the West Coast of the US. Also look at Spain (tempranillo and grenache from Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat) and France (esp. Cotes du Rhone syrahs and grenache from the southern Rhone and also a little west of there in southern France, as well as gamay from Beaujolais a little north up the Rhone). Italy, Australia, Chile and Argentina also have options. If you want specific winery recommendations ask. But a lot of the fun is in your own explorations, of course... ;-)

Reply by HarryS, Mar 13, 2010.

Thanks napagirl and dmcker....I will try those. So what are your favourite Cabs ? don't worry about my price range...I find myself prefering them more than anything else...I am still in the process of learning

Reply by zufrieden, Mar 13, 2010.

Well, you could start with Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon - as long as you don't mind a bit of forward oak.  Vintages are reasonably even in Napa CA (and may get more so as global warming takes hold) but you might seek out a 2004.  This is fairly high-end but probably available at about 50 dollars US.

The trouble with California is that there is just so much out there and there are many more knowledgeable people from the state to advise you.  I have not purchased many of these in recent years due to bloated prices, but the times they are a changing. I will be looking at a few more over the next few weeks.  I would also recommend the Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon from Cocha y Toro; this wine shows you an excellent example of Chile at the high end.  Vintage is not so important here; so drink with a clear conscience upon purchase (though the wine will keep for more than a decade).

Aside from this, you might go for a Cabernet-dominated Rive Gauche Bordeaux bearing in mind that up to 50% of the wine can be Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and other varieties.  Just research the wine and find out which have the most Cabernet Sauvignon.  For example, I had a Chateau Gloria 2006 last night.  This wine is about 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and shows it in the taste profile.

One could go on forever here, but three suggestions are a start. I prefer to start small.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 16, 2010.

Of there are so manny.


Guido Porro Barolo

Chianti Classico Reserva from

Selvapiana _ Burcerchiale

Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Val delle Corte

Costanti Rosso di Montalcino

Pian del Ciampolo from Montevertine

Dashe Zinfadnel

Carlisle Zinfandel

Chave Offerus

Ogier La Rosine

Jaffurs Petite Sirah

Achaval Ferrer Quimera

And those are jjust the first 13 I can think of while still drinking my morning coffee. With a little research the 2-3- range is packed with some of the best values in all of winedom.

Reply by amour, Mar 16, 2010.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA...some reasonable ones exist...beautiful!

St.FRANCIS WINERY... (CALIFORNIA)   ...I was recently introduced to this Winery and enjoyed their old vines Zinfandel.....not in the price range but there are others that are.

Reply by amour, Mar 16, 2010.

Do not forget the beautiful wines from FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA.

I was having the PINOT NOIR at the CARDOZO hotel in MIAMI

(owned by Gloria Estefan, the singer) and sitting next to me was a handsome man from NORWAY....needless to say we started chatting wine and I asked him to join SNOOTH.

He will do so next week.   He saw me wax romantic with COPPOLA !!  So I told him to comment on Snooth! Look out for his choices!

At the Cardozo, he invited me to finish off a bottle of yet another amazing wine......St.Francis old vines ZINFANDEL...I was surprised at how good that was...though it needed a few more years in the bottle.

So, in closing I am suggesting wines from St.Francis Winery (CALIFORNIA)as well as COPPOLA. CHEERS!

Reply by amour, Mar 24, 2010.

Hello everyone!

How do you like this?

I wrote this post.....above....mentioned a new drinking mate from Norway....and that I had invited him to join SNOOTH.......................guess what....



    Haakon....Welcome to SNOOTH!!!!!!

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