Best Cabernet Wine

My reviews of these best value Cabernet Sauvignon wines are updated weekly. These Cabernet wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Cabernet Sauvignon at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Cabernet in my wine matcher. This is just a sampling of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you sign-up for my wine reviews.

The Show Cabernet 2007
California, United States
This tasty red is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Sirah and 4% of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. The wine is big and juicy with lip-smacking flavours of dried black cherries and vanilla smoke. It was aged in French and American oak. Great for movie night. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $17.95 Score: 88/100

This Cabernet was reviewed April 22, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 140715  67 in stock
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Calamus Estate Winery Reserve Red Cabernet Franc  Merlot 2007
V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
A smooth, juicy red with fleshy dark berries and mocha. A lovely wine with great drinking pleasure. Almost merlot-like but with more richness. This wine is a blend of 53% cabernet franc, 30% merlot, 14% cabernet sauvignon and 3% syrah. Nicely done! Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2015  Price: $19.95 Score: 89/100

This Cabernet Franc Merlot was reviewed March 19, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 223990  Check Stock

Roodeberg Red Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot 2008
South Africa
Ripe plums and berries; very supple for easy and early drinking. Judicious use of oak aging. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.00 Score: 87/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot was reviewed May 13, 2010 by Natalie MacLean


Micheletti Bolgheri Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
D.O.C., Tuscany, Italy
Vintages Wine Panel: This complex and delicious blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon offers layered notes of mocha, black fruits, anise and cedar. Dry and medium bodied with fine ripe tannins and tantalizingly complex notes of coffee bean, spicy oak, cedar and a great depth of black fruit. Cellar for 2-3 years. My note: A luxurious and mouth-watering red with full-bodied goodness with lovely plush plum aromas. Perfect for pizza or movie night. Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb, barbecued meats, pizzz. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2014  Price: $19.95 Score: 89/100

This Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon was reviewed June 25, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 211789  Check Stock

Crios Brioso Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot Merlot 2005
Mendoza, Argentina
Fantastic expression of elegance, balance and finesse. Old World restraint with New World fruit power. Aromas of dark fruit: cassis and blackcurrant in this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. This wine was aged 14 months in new French oak barrels. An international benchmark wine. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.00 Score: 95/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot Merlot was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean


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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon was originally created by crossing the white grape Sauvignon Blanc and the red grape Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most popular wines. Pair Cabernet Sauvignon with hearty meat dishes and hard cheeses.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry red wine that can age for decades and becomes more complex and subtle as a result. Signature aromas in its youth include blackcurrant, cassis, blackberry, herbs and cedar or oak. If the grapes were not fully ripened when picked, it can have green bell pepper or weedy notes.

As it ages, Cabernet Sauvignon takes on notes of seductive spices, anise, violets, leather, olive, tobacco and cigar box. It's often aged in oak from 6-24 months. It can be quite tannic when young (so decant it for an hour or two if you aren't going to age it). The tannins smooth out with age. Just how long it can age depends on how well it was made (quality of the fruit, etc).

Cabernet Sauvignon is most famous in Bordeaux, France, where it's part of a blend that can include any or all of the following grapes to increase the complexity of the final wine: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Cabernet is also planted worldwide because its tough skin resists disease and rot. It does especially well in regions with warm, dry conditions and a long growing season such as California, Chile, Argentina and Australia.