Buying Guide For Cabernet Sauvignon Wines Around 20 a Bottle
Everyone knows the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines come from the Bordeaux region of France. Bargain wines can be found locally right here in California! We loved picking our favorites just for you.
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Veedercrest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 California
The Challenge: Veedercrest Cabernet was chosen by renowned British wine expert Steven Spurrier to represent Napa at the infamous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting, where the finest Bordeaux was pitted against America’s best. (The contest stirred major controversy when three of the top places were awarded to the U.S., launching Napa Cabernet – and Veedercrest – onto the world stage.)
The Region: Napa is Cabernet country, and Mount Veeder is the region’s largest and highest appellation. The mountain itself is part of the Mayacamas range and here, Cabernet is king of the hill.
Dark brick red with enticing, complex aromas of bramble fruit, sour cherry and spice. On the palate, expect dark berry with smoky, vanilla- edged oak and velvety tannins.
Ramsden Estate Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet 2008 California
It’s time to bring out wines with extra ‘wow.’ This Napa Cab makes a smart gift and a fine centerpiece to special holiday meals.
94-Point Vintage Wine Spectator talks of “unique depth and concentration.” Parker gives 2008 an overall rating of 94 points.
Premium Vineyards Ramsden Estate’s 2008 Reserve is a special selection from Rutherford and Oakville (two top districts).
Extra-Long Aging The fruit was so rich, winemaker Alison Crowe gave it a full 24 months in barrel — using French and U.S. oak for further complexity.
The result is a classic Napa Cab. Dark brooding color. Ripe blackberry and tobacco aromas. Rich, chocolaty and satisfyingly full-bodied. Calls for that special cut of beef.
William Knuttel Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California
Bill Knuttel, former president of the California Cabernet Society, spent 30 years building the reputations of some of California’s top boutique wineries, including big names like Saintsbury and Chalk Hill.
A few years back, he decided to strike out on his own – and it’s made him even more quality-driven. His rich Sonoma Cab spent a generous two years in fine French oak and was released unfined (like many great winemakers, Bill feels it’s the best way to maximize the naturally rich characteristics in the wine). We’d suggest you decant an hour prior to serving to allow those complex flavors time to breathe.
Deep ruby. Aromas of black cherry, cedar and blackberries with hints of red licorice and classic cigar box. Fine-grained tannins, smooth finish — dominated by dried cherry, cassis and vanilla. Bill loves to pair this wine with roast beef or spaghetti Bolognese.
RJR Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 California
“The most obvious question with respect to X Winery and proprietor Reed Renaudin is, how can these wines be this good at these prices?” (Robert Parker) Well, one taste of Reed’s Cabernet Reserve, and you’ll be incredulous too – so rich and inviting, this is one wine steak lovers just can’t be without.
Reed’s got winemaking in his blood (grandfather Renaudin ran the family’s famed Champagne house), so he knows premium fruit when he sees it. In 2007, he went straight to his favorite top-quality site just north of Napa Valley. It had been a terrific season (“No doubt the greatest vintage for Bordeaux varietals in Napa since 2001 and 2002,” says Parker), so Reed knew neighboring Lake County would have enjoyed a similar bounty. And he was right.
You reap the benefits of Reed’s labors here – heady aromas of black fruit and a touch of classic cedar, followed by a rich palate of raspberry, spicy herbs and a long, chocolaty finish. Made for steak (and made in small quantities, so hurry for your share).
CS Charles Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Washington USA
“For a mighty red that’s too good to share (note to self), try Charles Smith Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 from America’s reigning ‘Winemaker of the Year’. Washington State’s cool maritime climate produces some of the most sought-after wine and this trophy red shouts fantastic value for money. Bold and complex – the taste of crushed berries with ribbons of blackcurrant, a hint of cedar wood and juicy acidity make this a favorite.” (Sam Wylie-Harris, UK Press Association)
And Sam’s not the only British critic who loves this sumptuous 2009. Master of Wine Jancis Robinson made it her Wine of the Week back in November 2010, saying she could “taste the sunshine and ripeness,” and calling it “one of the best value Washington wines in the UK.”
If you’re looking for a rich red to have with holiday roasts, this Cab’s a winner (and comes served with delicious savings).
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