Value Cabs (Cabernet Sauvignon Priced $20 and under)
Gotta love a great value (like the spanky-new Prada handbag that I recently bought at Goodwill for only $29.99 – seriously!), and these fab Cabs are no exception. They are all priced at $20 and under and worth waaay more than that, in my humble opinion.
I tasted seven Cabernet Sauvignons in this price point – some totally sucked, so I didn’t write about them. My mom taught me “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all,” so that’s just how I roll. I only write about the wines that score three or more stars – wines I’d happily share with my friends and family. Sure, I could be bitchy and snarky about the less-than-stellar wines, like some other wine writers, but what good does that do anyone?
Anyhoo – back to the wines. The following four value Cabernet Sauvignons were my favorites:
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $20
OMG! Buy some! Buy some now! Mouthwatering aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, spearmint and cigar box delight the nose and lure the taster into a luscious mouthful of consistent flavors. Long, delicious finish. Remember that early nude of Marilyn Monroe undulating across a red satin sheet? This wine is all that and more…
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, CA $10.99
Can you say, “bargain?” I knew ya could! This delicious Cab has it all – aromas and flavors of black cherry, cedar, mint and vanilla all play nicely together, the mouthfeel is plush and velvety and the finish lingers on, begging for another sip. Makes me want to put on leathers and jump on a motorcycle (or my boyfriend – whichever ‘s closer). Vroom!
Villa San Juliette
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $17
Ooooh! Juicy! This wine is what we in the biz call a “cherry bomb,” because it’s loaded with aromas and flavors of juicy ripe cherry and berry. Savory herbs and mocha play their part, too, melding perfectly with the cherry/berry notes. The mouthfeel is silky and balanced and the finish is long and delicious.
Copa Del Rey
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchugua Valley, Chile $12
Yup – this $12 kick-ass Chilean Cab is definitely worth a try. What’s not to love? Well – I don’t love how Barry Manilow’s song “At the Copa Cabana” is stuck in my head (haha – it’s stuck in your head now, too, huh?), but I otherwise loved the wine. Aromas of dusty rose and spice potpourri, cherry and raspberry waft from the glass, leading into a super-fruity, balanced mouthful of Cab goodness.
At the Copa, Copa Cabana, the hottest spot North of Havana, at the Copa, Copa Cabana, Music and passion were always in fashion at the Copa…Sing it with me now!
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