We do have a few cabs north of $80 a bottle. But the two best bottles of cab in the store are a lot less. "Really?", you say. "What are they?" OK, I'll let you in on the secret. Here are the two best cabs at the Frog in no particular order.
Palmaz Cedar Knoll Vineyard Co. 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet, 39.99
Cedar Knoll Vineyard Co. was established in 1881 by Henry Hagen, one of Napa's pioneers. It produced premier wines for decades, but went under during Prohibition. The vineyards laid fallow for nearly eighty years. In 1997, Dr. Julio Palmaz (inventor of the heart stent) and his wife Amalia purchased the property and began renovating the vineyards and constructing a new winery carved inside Mount George.
Today, Palmaz Vineyards produces much sought after wines within the living rock of Mount George, in a flawlessly engineered maze of tunnels and lofty domes. The height of the wine cave is equivalent to an 18-storey building, providing the vertical range needed for true gravity-flow winemaking. Thus, the wine is never subjected to the violent agitation of pumping, which can change the wine’s intra-molecular structure. This gentle treatment allows the finest nuances of flavor to develop naturally—the result is a complex, elegant wine.
Stratton Lummis 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 27.99
From the heart of Napa Valley comes a Cabernet Sauvignon that tastes and smells like currants and rich chocolates. Stratton Lummis is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon from the top vineyard estates in Oakville and Rutherford. Their mission is to make, delicious, affordable wine from the finest Napa Valley grapes. The label features a painting by the winemaker. Learn more about him and his art on his blog thewinelife.com You could even read the blog while enjoying this great cabernet he made.