Here are two nice inexpensive wines that you could gift to mom or open with a nice dinner.
1) 2008 Two Iron Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley
This wine is made by Chris Dearden who also makes the Argus Pinot Noir, the Trainwreck Cabernet, the One Iron Petite Sirah, and the awesome Sleeping Giant Cabernet Sauvignon. Chris Dearden has been making wine in Napa for over 20 years.
The Two Iron is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Merlot. I love Cabs that include a bit of Cabernet Franc. The grapes are sourced from St. Helena and Rutherford Bench vineyards. There were 298 cases released in May of 2011. This is a great wine at only around $30. The Sleeping Giant Cabernet sells for around $70.
2) 2010 Starry Night Cabernet Franc from Lake County Terre Vermeille Vineyard
Most people know I'm a huge fan of Starry Night wines. The winemaker, Bruce Walker, has a great collection between the Starry Night and Bruce Wayne wines. I have been enjoying these wines for about 4-5 years. Two years ago Bruce took my mom and I on a tour of his Nervo Station Vineyard where The Caboose Zinfandel is grown.
This is the inaugural bottling of this wine for Starry Night. The vineyard is located 1,200 feet above Clear Lake in Lake County. This is a 100% Cabernet Franc and is aged in American and French oak barrels. There are only 340 cases of this wine. This is one of my favorite wines at the right price. The wine sells for $22 and is worth every penny. I love this wine!