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 Goatfather The Goats Do Roam Wine Company Sangiovese  Barbera Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
W.O., Coastal Region, South Africa
Vintages Wine Panel: Here’s an offer you can’t refuse. Cheeky Charles Back of Fairview Wines and his ubiquitous goats are at it again with this special ‘family blend’ featuring the Italian varieties Sangiovese (54%) and Barbera (28%) as well as international superstar Cabernet Sauvignon (18%). Just in time for the holiday season, it’s the perfect gift for that wine-loving movie buff or goat herder in your life, or enjoy it yourself . You won’t fughetaboudit. My note: I love the sense of humour on this label and hey, the wine is good too! Not complex but what the heck do you want at this price? Ripe blackberries and black cherries. Smooth and full-bodied. A terrific grazing wine! Sangiovese Barbera Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: gnocchi, tomato sauce. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $13.95 Score: 86/100

This Sangiovese Barbera Cabernet Sauvignon was reviewed December 5, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 11072  961 in stock
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Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Rapel Valley, Chile
Vintages Wine Panel: Good-value Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of plum, lilac, graphite and cassis. Dry and quite lively on the palate with crisp acidity supporting the fruit. There are also developing tannins here, suggesting 1-3 years of cellar capability. Medium bodied with a fairly lengthy and evolving finish. It may also be enjoyed tonight, decanted. My note: Black as a starless night and just as brooding. Dark berries and plums with smoke weaving through them. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised beef, lamb dishes. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 88/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon was reviewed March 6, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 398800  Check Stock

Yamantiev's Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2004
Made from grapes sourced from 20-25 year-old vineyards around Ivailovgrad, this wine is aged for 12 months in oak casks and an additional 6 months in bottles before release. Notes of black cherries, blackberries, cedar and mocha. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 88/100

This Yamantiev's Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was reviewed April 22, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 60921  Check Stock

Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008
Mendoza, Argentina
Juicy and mouth-filling with rich dark fruit flavors that spread peacock-style across your mouth. Blackberry, cassis and black cherry with a smoky undernote. Full-bodied blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot. Aged 11 months in French and American oak. Lovely expression of terroir. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.00 Score: 91/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean


Obikwa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Western Cape, South Africa
A pleasant, full-bodied red with an amazing price. It's smooth with toasty oak and some tasty blackberry aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: poultry, veal and red meat dishes. Alcohol: 12.9%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2013  Price: $8.95 Score: 87/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon was reviewed January 3, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 662323  Check Stock
BC: 154906  2061 in stock

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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.