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Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

#1 Post by Dan Kravitz » September 11th, 2020, 4:23 pm

I know they're out there. I've had a few (and probably posted on some) over the past few years. But let's hear it from those who know.

Please offer the names of California producers of Cabernet Sauvignon who also produce fine Sauvignon Blanc, not difficult to source and moderately priced (let's say $30 tops).

Ten years ago I started drinking Sauvignon Blanc, previously not a wine I enjoyed. I do not like most of the offerings from New Zealand, I hate grapefruit juice and anything that has any of those flavors and aromas does not do it for me. Aromas of grass, hay, lemon, lime, even cat pee (all in balance and moderation please) and especially wet stones and minerals are a pleasure.

Please name names.

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#2 Post by M. Dildine » September 11th, 2020, 4:37 pm

Riverain and Fleming both make SBs I enjoy.
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#3 Post by B. Buzzini » September 11th, 2020, 4:40 pm

Fan of Spottswoode, Heitz, Mondavi, Altamura. Was going to say Screaming Eagle, but they are just a tad north of $30! [wink.gif]
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#4 Post by Ed Steinway » September 11th, 2020, 4:44 pm

B. Buzzini wrote:
Fan of Spottswoode, Heitz, Mondavi, Altamura.
+1 on Spottswoode, but they are also north of $30, at least in the Bay Area. I would also recommend Frog's Leap, Cliff Lede and Dry Creek.

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#5 Post by Brian Gilp » September 11th, 2020, 4:50 pm

I don’t drink much SB either but one I do like is Jean Edwards.

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#6 Post by Richard Jen » September 11th, 2020, 4:51 pm

Massican is currently available at wine.com CA warehouse. This is the most mineral I have had so far and I enjoyed it.

Edit: also available at massican.com.
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#7 Post by mattlock » September 11th, 2020, 4:54 pm

La Pelle...it’s a bit higher than your price point mentioned at $45 but I always really enjoy it.

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#8 Post by David H. » September 11th, 2020, 4:55 pm

Maybe not easily accessible but I really enjoy Becklyn's SB.

Others that are easier to obtain that I enjoy are Cliff Lede, Groth, and Darioush.
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#9 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » September 11th, 2020, 5:02 pm

Curious why only cab producers? Merry Edwards tops my list and can be found for low $30’s listed, and can be had under $30 with discounts.

I recently had a frogs leap and liked it, but didn’t compare to Merry Edwards for me.

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#10 Post by Sjmotta » September 11th, 2020, 5:05 pm

Maze Clew SB is really good.

North of your price point, Realm Fidelio is really really good.
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#11 Post by MICHAEL C R O M W E L L » September 11th, 2020, 5:32 pm

Second for Maze SB, no grapefruit, more on the tropical side
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#12 Post by ChrisMcElligott » September 11th, 2020, 5:39 pm

Second Jean Edwards!

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#13 Post by T. Altmayer » September 11th, 2020, 5:50 pm

Second on the Massican recommendation, best SB I’ve tasted in a long time. While the winery does not make cab, the owner/winemaker is also the winemaker at Larkmead if that is somehow relevant.
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#14 Post by ray ormand » September 11th, 2020, 5:54 pm

Kerr is best I’ve had.

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#15 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 11th, 2020, 5:55 pm

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#16 Post by Scott Brunson » September 11th, 2020, 5:57 pm

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Second Jean Edwards!
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#17 Post by B. Buzzini » September 11th, 2020, 5:58 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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Well...if $100<=$30? [wink.gif]
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#18 Post by Keith_B » September 11th, 2020, 6:01 pm

We had a lot of Cliff Lede SB this summer. I also enjoyed the Hall Knights Valley SB. Bevan was pretty good as well.
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#19 Post by Jim Stewart » September 11th, 2020, 6:03 pm

'fine" I am not sure, but I think Duckhorn does a pretty good S.B. at about $20
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#20 Post by Marc Hauser » September 11th, 2020, 6:33 pm

Cade and Quintessa are two fine cab producers who also make fine SB
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#21 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 11th, 2020, 6:34 pm

B. Buzzini wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Eisele

Well...if $100<=$30? [wink.gif]
Ha, missed that. Well, $100 is the new $30 anyway! And it tastes better.

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#22 Post by Brian Pinci » September 11th, 2020, 6:52 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 6:34 pm
B. Buzzini wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Eisele

Well...if $100<=$30? [wink.gif]
Ha, missed that. Well, $100 is the new $30 anyway! And it tastes better.
It certainly does! Eisele is my favorite SB followed closely by Bevan’s
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#23 Post by Aleks V » September 11th, 2020, 7:04 pm

Ehlers makes a great Sav Blanc around $30, Gamble Family is a bit more expensive around $70-80 but is fantastic and one of the best SBs I’ve had (very Meyer lemon dominant in a good way).

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#24 Post by Uli K. » September 11th, 2020, 11:06 pm

Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc.
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#25 Post by Craig e » September 11th, 2020, 11:20 pm

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#26 Post by Drew Goin » September 12th, 2020, 1:13 am

+1 for Grgich Hills Fume Blanc

Back in the day, GH Fume Blanc and Frogs Leap Sauvignon Blanc were consistent cool-down pleasers for me.

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#27 Post by Jeff Wilkinson » September 12th, 2020, 5:09 am

I'm on the Jean Edwards bus as well. Tried Karen's SB for the first time through the Berserker Day offer and it was very nice. Sadly I don't have any left after this summer!

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#28 Post by Joe Chanley » September 12th, 2020, 5:26 am

T. Altmayer wrote:
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Second on the Massican recommendation, best SB I’ve tasted in a long time. While the winery does not make cab, the owner/winemaker is also the winemaker at Larkmead if that is somehow relevant.
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#29 Post by Nicolas G. » September 12th, 2020, 6:03 am

We can also suggest Larkmead since were talking about Massican. It’s tasty Although very expensive. Joseph Phelps has a nice SB but that’s also up there in price.
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#30 Post by PaulMills » September 12th, 2020, 6:08 am

Becklyn is good.

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#31 Post by Wes Barton » September 12th, 2020, 6:18 am

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Above your price point Lexington (Fogarty) make excellent SB and Sem/Sauv from their Gist Vyd (which is near Ascona along the SCM summit).
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#32 Post by Steve Crawford » September 12th, 2020, 6:28 am

i love how everyone meets the $30 criterion.

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#33 Post by Andrew Demaree » September 12th, 2020, 6:38 am

Another vote for Cliff Lede.

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#34 Post by joejolesch » September 12th, 2020, 6:49 am

None of my local shops carry Massican, but Wine Access has the SB right at $30:

https://www.wineaccess.com/catalog/2019 ... 18be9ec10/

I’ve never tried it but very excited once it arrives, especially given the board recommendations.

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#35 Post by Nate Simon » September 12th, 2020, 6:52 am

Bedrock makes a Cabernet (sometimes), and their SB is nice.
The Becheur SB is a 2020 QPR front-runner. If someone told you it was $30, you’d have no problem believing them, but it’s half that.

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#36 Post by Harris Goldberg » September 12th, 2020, 7:05 am

Jericho Canyon makes a good SB..
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#37 Post by AlexCWu » September 12th, 2020, 7:17 am

Illumination by Quintessa, normally 40-50$ range, occassionally goes on sale to about 30$.

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#38 Post by Nate Simon » September 12th, 2020, 7:34 am

Astounded nobody has mentioned De Negoce. 😆

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#39 Post by Andrew Kotowski » September 12th, 2020, 7:43 am

Since we’re largely ignoring the $30 price point, Dana Estates makes a phenomenal Hershey Vineyard SB, along with their cabs.
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#40 Post by Brian Tuite » September 12th, 2020, 8:02 am

Nate Simon wrote:
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Astounded nobody has mentioned De Negoce. 😆


LOL, just wait for their 2020 RRV Pinot, Chard, DCV Zin and Howell Mtn Cab!


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#41 Post by Kris Patten » September 12th, 2020, 9:26 am

Frankly, I think the best in Dan's actual price range is Mondavi Reserve, also a nod to Flora Springs and Charles Krug, and St. Supery and Rutherford Ranch as a sleeper both under $15.
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#42 Post by Richard Jen » September 12th, 2020, 9:33 am

I had a St Supery the other day and considered it very good for below $15. But doesn’t Dan hate grapefruit?

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#43 Post by Will Clements » September 12th, 2020, 9:35 am

We drank four cases of Hall SB this past summer
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#44 Post by Marshall Manning » September 12th, 2020, 11:25 am

I don't taste a ton of Napa SB, but did like the '18 Amici SB, which was a KL closeout under $20. More fig and melon fruit than grapefruit, and minimal oak, but with decent acidity. I'd imagine the real price is $30 or less?
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#45 Post by Tico D. » September 12th, 2020, 12:14 pm

Jim Stewart wrote:
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'fine" I am not sure, but I think Duckhorn does a pretty good S.B. at about $20
+1. I am not a white wine fan, but I really like the Duckhorn Sauv Blanc. Also really enjoy Illumination as well (but higher in price).
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#46 Post by Anton D » September 12th, 2020, 12:56 pm

mattlock wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 4:54 pm
La Pelle...it’s a bit higher than your price point mentioned at $45 but I always really enjoy it.
Good call!

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Peter Michael L’Apre Midi is above 30 bucks but is near perfect.

Spottswoode, as mentioned!

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#47 Post by Larry G0ld3n » September 12th, 2020, 1:18 pm

Buoncristiani-excellent SB & outstanding Cabernet. Been with them for 10+ years.

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#48 Post by James Mc » September 12th, 2020, 3:33 pm

Will Clements wrote:
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We drank four cases of Hall SB this past summer
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Which SB? Napa? They have a couple.
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#49 Post by Will Clements » September 12th, 2020, 3:51 pm

The Napa.
We like the other as well.

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#50 Post by Dan Kravitz » September 12th, 2020, 3:55 pm

Wow! A lot of great replies, including old faves, names I know for wines other than SB and completely new names. I have to comment that most of you misread my OP. I set $30 as a ceiling, not a floor!

Some comments on some specifics: Spotteswoode has been a special-occasion go-to for me for decades, including the Sauvignon Blanc, which is barely over my limit and well worth it.

Heitz!?! I've probably had 50 Heitz wines in the last 50 years, I don't ever remember a Sauvignon Blanc! At ~$20, I'm in.

Thanks to Ed Steinway who hit a trifecta for me. Love Cliff Lede as a producer, haven't had the SB but an easy one to try. I've had several vintages of Frog's Leap, always enjoyed them, time to revisit. And Dry Creek has been a favorite for decades, although I drink more of their reds than whites.

Massican is at my limit, but so many reccos that I will try it.

I like Grgich Hills SB, but IIRC it needs some bottle age, not remotely a fault, but a consideration.

Becheur sounds great for many reasons, don't know how I'll get it to Maine, but I'm going to try. Charles Krug is a favorite.

There are a few suggestion from producers I prefer not to buy from, for various reasons: Duckhorn, Quintessa, Robert Mondavi, Martin Ray.

But so many great suggestions that I will have lots of new things to try.

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