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Where is the price point where cabernet sauvignon improves immensely?

I'll just throw out a few wines I think are exceptional for the price...

Ehlers Estate 120/80 - Cab dominant blend for $45
Domaine Eden makes a great Santa Cruz hills Cabernet for $35 that's seriously delicious. Like a mini "monte bello" imo.

Jul 31, 2013
mmeisner in Wine

Where is the price point where cabernet sauvignon improves immensely?

In general, I'd say around $40. At that price you should be getting an age-worth Cab that has seen some decent oak (hopefully new French) and which displays a broader character than a thin, one-dimensional $10 Cab.

As others point out, it's not a blanket rule; you'll certainly have $100 cabs that don't taste as good as a $20 one. But in general, I think that's the tipping point for quality that I have experienced. I also think that you get seriously diminishing returns once you hit $100+ bottles.

Jul 30, 2013
mmeisner in Wine

Wanted: Buttery Chardonnay for everyday drinking

I'm really sorry I didn't calculate the exact percentage of mentions in this post before offering my opinion. Silly me. Honestly though I didn't realize how long this thread was, or how old.

To be fair, I usually spend about $30 on a bottle of wine. The Promise was an exception, for a very special occasion.

Rombauer can be found for $29 in most stores. If you want cheaper options, you can find Layer Cake, Chateau St. Michelle, and Buena Vista which are all solid.

Jul 27, 2013
mmeisner in Wine

Red wine buy today and cellar

How much are you trying to spend? I bought a Promise Cabernet for my recent engagement, but that's $250. However, it's a fitting wine for the occasion. http://www.promisewine.com

Jul 26, 2013
mmeisner in Wine

Wanted: Buttery Chardonnay for everyday drinking

I'm surprised I don't see more hits for Rombauer here. They're like the epitome of a CA butter bomb - I personally love it.

It's also known as "Cougar Crack"

http://www.rombauer.com/2011-Carneros... (sold out as of now!! that's crazy...) but anyways you should try.

Jul 26, 2013
mmeisner in Wine

One dinner and one breakfast in Napa or Sonoma

I love Angele; not sure I would say it's a hugely memorable experience, but I have never been let down and it's possibly my favorite spot in Napa, besides Ubuntu which is no longer open.

For breakfast - head to Sonoma and go to the Fremont Diner. That's on your way out of town, heading North, and there's no place that can compare imo.

Jun 10, 2013
mmeisner in San Francisco Bay Area