Let’s celebrate Cabernet Sauvignon Day and the start of a new month by having a wine tasting at home.
The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world are often attributed to the Napa, California, and Bordeaux, France regions. The most well-known producers of the grape are in South America, with South Africa, Spain, and New Zealand being popular regions as well.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the product of an accidental crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, making it a “big, bold, and dry” wine. We put a list together of different priced Cabernets that you can get for your wine tasting celebration.
Bargain Bottles (Under $20 per Bottle)
One of the best wines of 2021 is a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Imagery Estate Winery, and it only costs $14 per bottle. This wine is described as spicy, soft, and rich with soft tannins. It smells like soil and blackberries and has a relatively low alcohol content.
Another crowd favorite is the Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 from Chile. This $10 bottle isn’t too heavy, has medium fruit, and is light on the oak.
Benziger Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is another bargain bottle for $16. Balanced with good acidity and well-integrated oak.
Moderately Priced Cabernets ($20-$150 per Bottle)
Coming in at $24 per bottle is the Cameron Hughes Lot 567 Cabernet from Napa. It begins with wildflowers and is followed by cocoa and cassis, creating youthful juiciness that should be enjoyed now.
A Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon has been dubbed exemplary as a Napa Cabernet. And it’s only $40 per bottle, a great price for the pinnacle of Napa. There are a lot of fruit notes (black cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant), but this wine finishes with chocolate, violets, and some thyme and oak as well.
Another cabernet you don’t want to miss is the Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, which costs $146 per bottle. This wine is described as dark and brooding, with aromas of mocha and blackberries, along with both white and cracked black peppers.
Higher Priced Cabernets ($150 – $400 per Bottle)
Moving into the higher-priced Cabernets, let’s start with the Heitz Cellars 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – a 100-point wine that typically sells for $225 per bottle. With a few years of aging, the core of this wine includes eucalyptus, mint, and cedar along with some fruit-based crispness, orange peel, and stone notes as well. This one is going to be best if enjoyed between 2024-2034.
Another 100-point wine in this price range is the Lokoya 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, it is complex with blueberry and blackberry, violet, bay leaf, and forest floor delicately balanced within it. The anticipated maturity is a shorter wait than the Heitz – it is best enjoyed from 2023-2051.
The Highest of High-End
Earlier this summer, Wine-Searcher put together a list of its most expensive Napa Cabernets. Here are a few we are dying to get our hands-on.
At the very top of the list, coming in at an average price of $4,200 a bottle is the Ghost Horse Vineyard Spectre Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is full of silkiness, structure, and expresses flavors that include plum, blackberry, cassis, baking spices, leather, and white pepper.
Another high-end bottle to try is the Shafer Vineyards “Premiere Napa Valley” Sunspot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which costs just over $1,000. This single-vineyard wine is aged for 32 months in new French oak and is among the top 3% of all wines in the world.
Let the tasting begin and let us know which Cabernet you enjoyed the most. Once you have Vinloq, we want to hear all about your tasting experience because you can compare the same wines and see the new tasting notes you discover with our system.
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