I am looking to cellar some Napa Cabernet and would like some suggestions. I would like to stay in the 30- 60 dollar range. Any thoughts?
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tons of previous threads on this if you do some search but here are some:

drinkward peschon
neal family
karl lawrence
lewelling
herb lamb e2
If you are willing to spend a little extra then you can get:

Dunn Howell Mountain

If you should choose to sign up as a futures member with Chateau Montelena or Ridge for their Monte Bello, those wines like Dunn will all cellar for very long times.

Larkmead with their Salon is a cellar worthy wine. If you want to spend $90 a bottle, Philip Togni makes a very long lived wine.

Others that are under $50 that are wines that should hold up 10+ years are:

Hendry Block 8 Cabernet
Pardigm Cabernet


Also check out Reverie on Diamond Mountain. They have excellent wines that will hold up. Very good wine for the money.
Some Cab's I have picked up in the last few months in that range...

-Shafer 1.5, it's a new bottling so I'm not sure about cellaring potential but I've heard it's similar to the Hillside Select, which I have never ever been able to find.
-Mondavi Oakville
-Turnbull Napa
-Justin Isosceles
-Neal Family
-Merryvale Reserve

I think they should all cellar well for 5-10 years at least based on past vintages I've hadand I'm really hoping for good things from the Shafer.
Agree with Icewino, will add Cliff Lede '05 to the mix.

Plus, the 1.5 is going to be fine over the next 5-10, no problem. Structurally sound.
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Originally posted by ISUJonny:
I am looking to cellar some Napa Cabernet and would like some suggestions. I would like to stay in the 30- 60 dollar range. Any thoughts?


to start, how long are you planning to cellar these ? do you have a proper storage facility ?
since you are looking to "cellar" these wines, I will mention a few that have a good track record over time (some of these are at the high end of your price range and some are slightly over):

Forman
Seavey
Lewis
Etude
Pride (they make a great Cab Franc also)
Phelps Napa
Ch. St Jean Cinq Cepages
Fisher
Here are some winners.

2005 Cliff Lede Stags Leap $50
2005 Drinkward Peschon (to be relesed in Feb) about $50
2004 Hoopes (if you can find any) $60
2004 Galleron $40
2004 John Anthony $55

For a little more but worth it.

2004 Versant $85
2005 Lewis $85
Dyer
Broman
Mondavi Oakville
Kuleto Estate
Jones The Sisters
Simi Reserves
Simi Landslide
Mondavi Napa (2005)
Arnot-Roberts Wild Iris
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Originally posted by rickym13:
tons of previous threads on this if you do some search but here are some:

drinkward peschon
neal family
karl lawrence
lewelling
herb lamb e2


I agree with this list for Cabs in that price range. However, I have to dissagree as stongly as possible with the inclusion of Lewelling FOR CELLARING. I have had way too many over-the-hill Lewellings from various sources to believe it is a wine built for anything other than near-term consumption. I have my doubts about Drinkwards ageability, but I've never had an older one (I think 2000 was the first vintage) so I cannot say for sure.

To this list I would add:

Sequoia Grove Rutherford Reserve
Chappellet Signature
Flora Springs Trilogy (again, I would not hold too long)
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Originally posted by Dave Tong BBP:
Do you want California Cab or Napa Cab? Make your mind up, it's not the same thing.



I'd like some Napa Cabs.

I currently have a small wine fridge and am looking to start storing in racks in my basement. I am just starting out so something in the 3 -5 year range. I have some 2001 NEAL and am going to be getting some 05 Clift Lede to start.
The wine shop in my neighborhood has Chapellet Signature for $37. It has always struck me as one of the cheapest good Napa Cabernets around. I had the '98 a few months ago and was very impressed, especially considering the vintage.
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Originally posted by Diogenes:
The wine shop in my neighborhood has Chapellet Signature for $37. It has always struck me as one of the cheapest good Napa Cabernets around. I had the '98 a few months ago and was very impressed, especially considering the vintage.


Yes. I guess it isn't "cool" because it isn't a mailing list wine and anyone can get it. But honestly, since the terrific 1997, in the $40-range it really isn't clearly beatable, imo.

I really like Chappellet's wines and I think they are one of the few non-mailing list Napa wineries that are continuing to price their wines fairly.
I second the
Caymus
Turnbull
Shafer one point five
and Terra Valentine (which is an exotic little wine).

I would add to that:

2004 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon
V. Sattui's Preston and Morsoli vineyards
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Flora Spring's Trilogy
Pine Ridge Rutherfod
Ladera Lone Canyone Vineyard
Chimney Rock Stags Leap District
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Originally posted by ISUJonny:
I am looking to cellar some Napa Cabernet and would like some suggestions. I would like to stay in the 30- 60 dollar range. Any thoughts?


Many of the above mentioned are excellent choices but here is one closer to your $30.00 range, that was not mentioned, and is sure to please...
Clos Pegase 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Smile
There are some excellent suggestions in this thread.

For an overall strategy, my rule of thumb is the lower the price point, the more you need to pay attention to vintage ratings. The old saying "a rising tide raises all ships" definitely applies to wines. Use highly rated vintages to stock up on the "regular" bottlings from the best known medium to large producers in the Valley. Use this forum and others like it to discover more expensive wines from all vintages that are worth the splurge.

Good luck.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by Diogenes:
The wine shop in my neighborhood has Chapellet Signature for $37. It has always struck me as one of the cheapest good Napa Cabernets around. I had the '98 a few months ago and was very impressed, especially considering the vintage.


Yes. I guess it isn't "cool" because it isn't a mailing list wine and anyone can get it. But honestly, since the terrific 1997, in the $40-range it really isn't clearly beatable, imo.

I really like Chappellet's wines and I think they are one of the few non-mailing list Napa wineries that are continuing to price their wines fairly.


sounds like I need to give em a shot. I've heard so much about them, now its time.
Clos Pegase makes very good affordable wines for Napa--all varietals, all price levels.

I like all the names mentioned especially Chappellet when it comes to value. I believe the new Paraduxx wines have good structure as well and they're cheaper than Duckhorn.

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