Three Sub-$20 Napa Valley Cabernets for Summer Sipping

by TrevR on June 14, 2011

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With Summer nearly officially upon us we’ve been searching for some solid and reasonably priced local Cabernet Sauvignon.

The following wines have been in our rotation for the past few weeks…

2009 Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Jammy, dark reds on the nose with hints of cinnamon. Somewhat firm tannins early, but overall very drinkable with a long finish and yummy hints of caramel throughout. Enjoy with a meaty pasta dish, as well as dark chocolate. We picked up a 750ml bottle at our local grocery store for $18.99. Online here.

2008 Sean Minor “Four Bears” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Classic Napa Valley Cabernet on the nose with hints of raspberry. Well-balanced overall with loads of dark red fruit and cocoa notes. Approachable, perhaps even for non-Cabernet lovers. Pair it with hearty summer BBQ (burgers, tri-tip, etc.). We picked up a 750ml bottle at our neighborhood market for $15.99. Online here.

RouteStock Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Route 29″ Napa Valley
Dark red fruit notes (plum, dark cherry) combined with slight charcoal aromas on the nose. Dangerous. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Fanc, 4% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec with just over a third of the fruit sourced from the historic Rutherford AVA. See our full review.

What Cabernets are you drinking these days?

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