Your favourite Napa Cabs under $100 (talley added at end!)

The thread about Eric Asimov’s favourite under-$100 2007 Napa Cabs makes me curious about what board member Napa Cab preferences would be, if asked. So I’m asking. Please list your favourites, regardless of style, but only list those which NORMALLY retail sub-$100 (not the Screaming Eagle you got for $50 in a garage sale!). If you care to name specific vintages and the reasons for your choices that would be nice too, but not necessary. I’m trying to get back in touch with Napa Cabs after a several year absence and will research the names which come up as many will likely be unfamiliar to me. Thanks in advance.



Probably Lewelling Wight, Larkmead, Napanook, O’Shaunnessy or Lail J Daniel (a blend). My two favorites overall trend just above $100 most of the time: Dominus and Ridge Monte Bello.


Heck, it used to sell for less than $100 before the 2007 vintage! [cheers.gif]

2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon is in a very good spot right now.

Oh yeah, I also like Seavey and Kamen as well.

A few of my favorties:

Karl Lawrence
HL’s second wine
Rivers Marie
Anderson’s Conn Valley

I’ll second Rivers Marie and KL. I’d also add Drinkward Peschon. Also, even though I’ve only had one vintage of it ('07), I was really impressed with Emerson Brown.

I only buy 2 cabs, both of them under $100:


I really like the shafer 2007 one point five. Not so much in other vintages, but the 07 rocks.

Karl Lawrence
Chappellet Signature

My personal favorite is Arns. flirtysmile

Marshall [cheers.gif]

Rivers Marie
Karl Lawrence

I’d have added Lewelling, but they screwed the pouch with the '07s - yes both the regular and the wight. Extremely over ripe and in the stewed territory. I even emailed the winery asking about a change of direction, but they never got back to me. Ok, rant over.

Mine are:
Karl Lawrence

Only one I pick up is Karl L.
It looks like a Beserker favourite reading thru the posts.
and with good reason.

You could put together a sub-$100 list that would go toe-to-toe with any $100+ list easily.

Without giving it much thought, you drink any of these and you’ll be drinking really well.

Outpost (esp. True)
Realm Farella
Karl Lawrence
Wolf Family
Alpha Omega

Chappellet Signature
Ridge Monte Bello (futures price)

Here is a few cherries.

Diamond Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon
Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Emilio’s Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon
Forman Cabernet Sauvignon
Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Jones Family Cabernet Sauvignon
Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon
Rockledge Cabernet Sauvignon The Rocks (older vintages)
Relic Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rockledge Vineyard
Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Oakville
Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch
Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard
Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
Clark-Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown
Cornerstone Howell & Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Gemstone Facets
Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon
Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve (in 2007)
Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon
Domaine Gerog Rafael Cabernet Sauvignon
Jean Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon
Kuleto Cabernet Sauvignon
Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon
Harris Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville Ranch Cabernet sauvignon
EMH Blackcat
Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
Davis Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dutch Henry Winery Argos
Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon
Hoopes Cabernet Sauvignon
Gargiulo Vineyards Money Road Cabernet Sauvignon
Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon
Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon
The Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon
Justin Isosceles Reserve

Congrats on finding a sucker to take your 7 bottle lot for $540 … I’m astonished someone was willing to pay that much.

Larkmead - the '08 Firebelle I had the other day was killer ($60)
Anderson Conn Valley Reserve - just about any vintage. The '06 has been available for ridiculous prices…$30-35.

As Mike mentioned above, Ladera is another great one for my tastes, both the Lone Canyon and the Howell Mtn.

The '07 Lewelling mentioned above is downright frightening. Too bad, as I’ve liked it in other years. Seemed wildly out of character this time around.

Educated Guess 2007 & 2009 (QPR, duh winning!)
Rivers Marie
Larkmead Estate Cab
Cliff Lede SLD
Matriarch & Maiden
Herb Lamb EII
von Strasser
Wolf Family
Nickel and Nickel Tench

For starters.