Rodney Strong, Cab, Sonoma, 2004

One of my favourites. It is up at the $13/14 rate (thats a lot for me) but well worth it. Hence why I buy, and drink, vast quantities of it. Very smooth with none of this over-powering blackberry, chocolate, haystack shit.  Currently (Feb 08) on my regular shopping list.

Alexander Valley Vineyards, Cab, Alexander Valley, 2005

Price has been varying on this one from $12-$14 at Sfwy. This is one of my regular buys and one that I take to dinner at other people’s places.. if I like them. Very nice finish; extremely pleasant and drinkable. Estate grown and bottled…but purchased in vast supermarkets. Where’s the romance?  

Robert Hall, Cab, Paso Robles, 2005

Ooh ‘er, Missus. Lovely little number this one. Smooth as something that is fairly smooth. Currently, as of end of Jan, its $12 at Safeway .. with the Safeway Stingy Card (accepted by all tight-arsed northerners). Good value. Even the Missus likes it.

7 Deadly Zins 2005

A cracking zin and moderately priced. This is a Lodi appellation Zin and is widely available – Costco, Safeway, BevMo etc. Updated: Corrected the year to 2005 although here may be some ’06 out there