We tend not to drink much cabernet, but my wife really enjoys the rich body and sometimes silky texture on decent Napa cabs. However, lately I've been looking around for quality Napa/CA replacements in the $20-$40 range, as I feel most Napa cabs lack quality/distinctiveness until you reach $50+.
I don't have much experience with Washington wines, but have been seeing great deals on well-reviewed Washington cabernets. So my request for the forum -- Compare and contrast California and Washington cabs at the < $50 price point, in terms of structure -- body, acidity, tannins, "fruitiness".
Thanks in advance.