2006 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($28)
California’s Lake County used to be known for pear orchards; now, it’s gaining recognition for its wine grapes. This fresh, berry-rich Cabernet comes from vineyards in the Red Hills AVA, north of Napa Valley.
2005 Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon ($38)
Terra Valentine makes wine from two vineyards in the Spring Mountain District. It blends portions of each for its entry-level Cabernet, a red with creamy cherry flavors wrapped up in sleek tannins.
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2005 Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)
Hestan Vineyards owner Stanley Cheng (who created Circulon and Anolon cookware) recently released this new line of wines, named for his daughter. The 2005 Cabernet mingles sweet black fruit with subtle oak nuances.