Today’s San Francisco Chronicle includes a round-up of the paper’s best Napa Valley Cabernet’s for under $50. Overall, 120 Napa Cabs were rated by a panel and some 19 received a high enough rating to be recommended.
Among those with two stars (meaning “good”) were the 2005 Chiarello Vineyards Bambino Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which goes for $35 per 750ml bottle and the 2004 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which runs $34 per 750ml bottle.
Of the Sequoia Grove, the Chronicle says: “High tones and subtle berry combine with smoke and spice on the nose. More savory spice like coriander, plus black cherry and currant, come together on the palate, with its acid-driven finish. This wine lacks some fruit on the midpalate.”
We had this wine during our recent visit to the winery and it was our favorite of all the wines we tasted that day. Our tasting notes and details on the other wines we had at Sequioa Grove earlier this year can be found here.
Only two wines received a three star rating (meaning “Excellent”) from the Chronicle. Those wines are the 2004 Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($35 per 750ml bottle) and the 2004 Truchard Vineyards Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon ($35 per 750ml bottle).
The full Chronicle write-up is here.