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California Cab for $20 and under: The Chronicle Recommends

By: Lynne Char Bennett

California produces its fair share of inexpensive Cabernet Sauvignon.  You can almost throw a rock and hit drinkable California-labeled bottlings priced at $12 or less, though it takes some looking to find ones with more definitive Cabernet character.

We upped our price point several bucks and handily found ones to recommend among 36 we tasted, including one from Napa Valley.


2008 Turn 4 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($20): Produced by Bennett Lane Winery, this acknowledges the four Napa Valley subappellations that sourced its fruit.  Turn 4 also refers to the last - and important - turn on NASCAR tracks.  Sweet black cherry, cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla- demerara sugar aromas; moderately rich, structured and a style that many people will enjoy.


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