EP 983 Head to Head Tasting of 2007 Napa Cabernets

Gary Vaynerchuk mixes it up and tastes 2 Napa Cabs head to head from the acclaimed 2007 vintage.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Fuse Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet
2007 Louis Martini Napa Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet


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Lisa S,
I just found this comment in my SPAM folder. All prior Disqus has been in regular mail. I guess that they stopped sending payola to yahoo.
Keep drinking the Cal stuff.

Tags: cabernet, california, napa, red, review, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

    BV Rutherford cab used to be a favorite for me when it used to roll in for $15. Still order it when we go out for steak at Musso and Frank’s grill in Hollywood (starting with a martini or 2 at their classic bar).

  • Anonymous

    BV Rutherford cab used to be a favorite for me when it used to roll in for $15. Still order it when we go out for steak at Musso and Frank’s grill in Hollywood (starting with a martini or 2 at their classic bar).

  • Anonymous

    BV Rutherford cab used to be a favorite for me when it used to roll in for $15. Still order it when we go out for steak at Musso and Frank’s grill in Hollywood (starting with a martini or 2 at their classic bar).

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: It’s near impossible to find good napa cab for under $30!

  • http://twitter.com/jfagans Joshua Fagans

    That is probably my own fault. I don’t often read through all of the comments.

  • http://twitter.com/benpking Ben King

    Dig the head to head! What do you think about state vs. state lineups? Would really be interested in seeing you try some Arizona wines, been hearing some things and really hesitant. CKC shout out!! from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA

    QOTD: Don’t find many good Napa Cabs for that. I am drinking the Rubus Old Vine 2007 right now and it’s ok
    Side note, the Louis Martini Zin is amazing for me!

  • Anonymous

    I liked the first comment. That would have driven me up a wall, I seriously do not like over oaked cabs and that would have scared me to death lol.
    Qotd: Don’t have one to be honest because of the reason listed above. The odds of getting an over oaked wine increases a lot and I just don’t want to test the waters there all that much. But its something I should do so that I could at least know a direction to go in if I had to buy a california cab.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/ZHUJAH6AQIAFMIHAUEUPMASX4A Lisa S

    Interesting… declassified fruit from Opus One? I’m drinking it right now and like it.. pretty good for $17. Would buy it again.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome answer, very creative as well. Thanks for the shout out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wthompson39 Walt Thompson

    QOTD: Martin Ray Cabernet Santa Cruz-100% Cabernet! What’s more to said? Great wine for under at $30.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wthompson39 Walt Thompson

    QOTD: Martin Ray Cabernet Napa-Under $30 and 100% Cabernet! Nothing more to be said!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2DRHPTL3RZWUUVXRSXZAAPDUWM Jordan R

    QOTD: I struggle with Napa Cabs. I really don’t drink them all that much. I suppose I kind of liked Sterling’s Cab. that runs around $20. I am more likely to pick up a Cab from Chile for under $30.

  • http://twitter.com/thevinofile Scott

    I like the head to head in 5 minutes format.

    QOTD – I’ve really enjoyed The Rule from Tony Leonardini lately.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: 1998 Sterling Vineyards Cab. Had it a few months ago.

  • http://TheProvince.com/liveat5 vanguy

    You all but said “RWC”, one of your old sayings.
    Funny that the Fuse is referred to as a “value” play – saw it in the store here tonight;
    it is CDN$40 in this market (Vancouver, BC).
    I wouldn’t mind trying the Martini, but 89 and 88pts for these prices do seem a little low.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Don’t have one. It’s almost impossible to get a napa cab here in Bcn under 50-60?.

  • Anonymous

    well there you go. I haven’t had it in a couple vintages, and $17 is a good deal. Maybe I will check it out next time I’m cooking a steak.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Cain Cuvee. Is it a whole Cabernet? Mostly. Sticking with my answer.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/ZHUJAH6AQIAFMIHAUEUPMASX4A Lisa S

    Thx. The bottle I have is 06.. O7 may be better. I first heard of this wine at the Capital Grille Steakhouse in Chicago last year. This was their best-selling, lower-end cab on the menu, but I didn’t try it until now. Perfect with a steak.

  • http://www.audiovino.blogspot.com “audiovino.blogspot.com” Nick

    Rutherford Ranch Napa Cab is pretty good…at around 12 bucks. My favorite Napa Cab under 30 bucks would definitely be…

    Treasure Hunter Rutherford Cab at $16.99…2007.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Don’t drink a whole lot of Napa Cab in general but I tend to like Starmont Cab when I’m in the right mood.

  • WineCutter

    QOTD: Cameron Hughes Lot 182 (Its a “Meritage”…does that count?). Around $13/bottle. Much better than their much hyped Lot 200 (IMHO).

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s Sonoma but my fav $20 cab is Marietta.

  • Anonymous

    GV – My heart has slightly fallen out of love with Napa Cab!

    QOTD: I really like the Sebastiani cab…

  • Anonymous

    once upon a time it was 1985 silver oak. today, cherryblock.

  • Anonymous

    A few of my favorites… Chappellet Mountain Cuvee ($25), Chateau Chevalier from Trader Joes ($15 – Spring Mountain Vineyard’s 2nd label).. I think Honig comes in under $30..it’s as close to Caymus land as you’ll get for the money! …and a few little places around the valley – Goosecross, Turnbull, Raymond, Laird, Neal Family, and others…

  • Anonymous

    My favorite under $30 is the Robert Mondavi Oakville version (not just the napa one). It’s only under $30 when I got it on sale at Binny’s (from Chicago), but I think it’s great. Option two would be J.Lohr.

  • NY Pete

    since I am a savvy wine shopper … Turnbull.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: My favorite? The wine I’m drinking right now! No Napa.. sorry .. but Rhone wine, Saint-Joseph, from Equis (by Maxime Graillot, son of the legendary Alain Graillot ).
    +/- 20 US dollars. Black pepper for days…..
    Bye, Ben

  • Anonymous

    Ladera “Napa Valley”

  • Anonymous

    qotd – um… none.

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com/ Andrew D

    Hey Gary

    QOTD: None? Napa Cab isn’t something I’d ever order. It along with Bordeaux would have to get the awards for the wines I percieve as being the most over-priced on the market. Maybe I’m wrong, but living in HK where it is very compeditive international market means that there’re so many other things around that offer better value.

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • http://twitter.com/dadekian David Dadekian

    QOTD: Can’t think of one right now. Hmm.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: That would have to be Merryvale Starmont Cab, although I haven’t had it for awhile. Frankly, this is not a category that I often delve into (i.e., value Napa Cabs) because there isn’t much there that I like. I’d rather go for the $35-60 range and have better odds of getting something decent.

  • Anonymous

    Gary, what about the LM Cab’s “little brother” the 2007 Sonoma. Equally good scores, 7-8 dollars less. I think it is worth a shot on the show, everyone likes a delicious $12 cab. $12 is the new $10 anyhow…remember that show?!

  • Anonymous

    Gary, what about the LM Cab’s “little brother” the 2007 Sonoma. Equally good scores, 7-8 dollars less. I think it is worth a shot on the show, everyone likes a delicious $12 cab. $12 is the new $10 anyhow…remember that show?!

  • Anonymous

    Another great twist to the show, a head to head… I liked that !

  • http://twitter.com/gastronaut007 Alexander Russo

    QOTD: I know this really isn’t exactly what you’re looking for but Chateau St. Jean CAB is a great buy for under $20. I know, I know it isn’t Napa but I prefer sonoma over Napa more often than not.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the format especially for a varietal and region that most people will have an opinion on already.

    QOTD: Not much of CA Cab drinker, more pinot or malbec if drinking west coast.

  • Anonymous

    Great show I love Napa’s Cabernets. One that I really like is the BV RUTHERFORD , Great body, well balanced and long lasting tannins.

  • Anonymous

    Love the show ! Would like to see more Napa’s cabs in the future. Specially cabs under $ 30 ( a real challenge ) . My favorite Napa cab is BV Rutherford. Has nice body, well balanced, fruity bouquet and long lasting tannins. However , I’m going to try the Oberon Wine, let’s see if I can find it.

  • Anonymous

    The best cab sauv under 30 was the beuhler you had on your show quite a bit ago. I actually bought a case and that is unusual for me. At first I was kinda dissapointed, but after a little bottle time it came around nicely.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: A couple that drink nicely: Chateau Chevalier, Martin Ray

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: 2005 Chateau Chevalier Spring Mountain Cabernet

  • http://twitter.com/gavinfry Gavin Fry

    I’ve never actually had a Napa Cab, but would love to soon. A friend of mine has a Stags Leap Cab to open soon which should be good. I love Coonwarra Cab here in Australia though.

  • Anonymous

    dont drink napa cab in canada here laf,

  • Anonymous

    Never really drink Napa cab.. I think the only time I’ve ever ordered by choice was in a steakhouse in NYC.

  • Anonymous

    i do like Stag’s Leap, joseph phelps, franciscan, chateau ste. michelle and Robert Mondavi Oakville.

  • Anonymous

    Lisa S,
    I just found this comment in my SPAM folder. All prior Disqus has been in regular mail. I guess that they stopped sending payola to yahoo.
    Keep drinking the Cal stuff.

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