Best Cabernet Sauvignon

By Amy Reiley

10. 2014 50 Harvests Napa Valley Meritage

2014 50 Harvests Napa Valley Meritage

Origin: Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot
Price: $60
ABV: 14%

This wine is on the opposite end of the Napa Valley spectrum from the Mondavi Cab. This one is a Bordeaux blend attempting to recreate Old World style with New World terroir and techniques — and we like the results. On the nose, it offers decadent raspberry and blackberry pie aromas backed up by earthier notes of tea leaves and tar. On the palate, it offers big fruit flavors with an almost candied quality. A well-structured wine, it finishes with a lingering note of spice.

> For more information, visit the 50 Harvests official website.

11. 2016 Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Maipo Valley, Chile
Varietal: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
Price: $18
ABV: 13.5%

If you think you can’t find good Cabernet Sauvignon for under $20, this will be the wine to change your mind. This Chilean wine makes our list of the Best Cabernets because it is one of the best values the Americas has to offer. A rich and earthy wine, its aromas are complex but dominated by black plum and spices. It’s juicy on the palate with round tannins, cherry and plum flavor and tobacco and vegetal notes on the finish.

> For more information, visit the Tarapacá official website.

12. 2016 Penfolds Bin 407

2016 Penfolds Bin 407

Origin: South Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $60
ABV: 14.5%

This is an interesting and complex Cabernet, blended with grapes from all of South Australia’s best Cab-growing regions. It’s a well-structured wine made in a style that really accentuates spice. It offers hints of tobacco and bramble on the nose with an interesting interplay of black currant and olive on the palate. This wine’s tannins are firm. You could open it now but might want to wait a year or two to enjoy this one.

> For more information, visit the Penfolds official website.

13. 2015 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Sonoma County, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $20
ABV: 13.6%

Sonoma tends to produce softer, gentler Cabernets than the wines that come from neighboring Napa. This wine makes our list because it does a nice job of showing off that Sonoma style at an attractive price. Even though this is an approachable wine, it still has solid structure, a compelling balance of forest and fruit flavors and a lingering note of cocoa powder on the finish.

> For more information, visit the Louis M. Martini official website.

14. 2014 Falesco Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Falesco Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Umbria, Italy
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $15
ABV: 13.5%

An extraordinarily polished wine for the price, this is a good choice if you’re watching your budget. Made from 100% estate fruit, it offers aromas of blueberry and dried cranberry. A medium bodied wine that’s ready to drink now, it offers currant and sweet black plum flavors and a surprisingly long finish.

> For more information, visit the Falesco official website.

15. 2016 Ancient Peaks Cabernet

2016 Ancient Peaks Cabernet

Origin: Paso Robles, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $22
ABV: 14.1%

This might be the most fun wine on our Best Cabernets list. It offers Bordeaux-like notes of leather, tobacco and wild game yet it’s still a distinctly Paso wine. Its fruit flavors are blackberry and black currant with a hint of soy sauce. On the finish, there’s a lovely note of dark chocolate. It’s a wine with compellingly chalky tannins and a nice finish. This is one to enjoy now, not to lay down for later.

> For more information, visit the Ancient Peaks official website.