A winery that makes a decent lower-end Cab priced in the $20's for instance?
Steve, it's getting pretty tough to find decent Napa Cabs in that price point. Vintage dependent, they do exist though. A couple of suggestions:
- 2009/10 Beringer "Knights Valley" Cab Sauv.
- Keenan Cab Sauv. (You can find this < $30)
- Justin Cab Sauv. (Not Napa, but decent juice)
- 2007/08 Waterstone Cab Sauv. (One of those "they get their fruit from a premium producer" kind of wine. Still decent though.)
- Sika Cab Sauv. (Same as above. Although, I like their Merlot better. Supposedly, the fruit comes from Pahlmeyer)
* In reference to the OP, I recently bought an '07 Stags Leap WC "Artemis" for around $35 at Costco. This stuff was garbage. I could never in good faith, recommend this to anybody. Even at this price (I think it normally retails for around $50), it's probably the worst QPR wine for me this year.
If you care to branch out a bit, I have had good luck with a few Italian "Super Tuscans" in the $20-30 range.
The '07/08 2007 Tolaini Valdisanti Tenuta S. Giovanni Toscana IGT, for example, is not only one of the best QPR buys for me this year, it might be the best ever. Cheers.