Lately (the last few months) I have been back into Napa Cabs. As I have been buying some all along (mostly lists), I have a nice supply of top end Cabs. I have been looking mostly at under $100. It seems the bottom end, say under $20, has gotten so that there are at least half a dozen or more that I would rank close to or at outstanding (or better). While I don't think they are at the same level of the Maybachs, Standing Stones, SHS, Scarecrow, etc., etc., I am not sure there is a significant difference between those cheapies and the ones I see in the $40 to $80 dollar range.
I am not finding the ones in that price range? If so, I would love some suggestions, especially at closer to $40 that deliver, if you will, a 93-94 point experience that would make it worth paying for them. For my money, wines like Phelps, Growth and some of the older standards are just not incrementally better than Martini, Buehler or Mondavi. This is based mostly on 06 and 07 vintages.
One I did like was the 07 Shafer 1.5, but at $75 Ohio, that is really at the top end. FWIW, I did not feel as strongly about the 06.