We’ve been reviewing Cabernet Sauvignon for the past several weeks and now it’s time to do the roundup of all the reviews.
Usually, we name a specific wine as the top pick in these roundups. But this time we’re going with a wine region: Chile. Chilean wines took the top five spots in our showdown. To be fair though, Chile also has one at the bottom of the list. And we did review a couple California Cabs recently that were 90-pointers, but they were also over $20 and therefore didn’t make this list.
In terms of real value, I picked up the Ortega Fornier Urban for a mere 11 bucks. It’s filled with rich, dark fruit flavors and has an interesting spiciness. It’s an outstanding wine, especially at this price.
The Santa Ema Reserve is also a really exciting wine and only a couple bucks more than the Urban. With aromas like sage, coffee, cocoa, raspberry and blackberry, there’s a ton of complexity in this wine. The fruit flavors are equally solid, making this an easy pick.
Another great deal in terms of quality-to-price ration is the Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a bag in a box wine that comes in a 3 liter size and the price is equivalent to $5.75 per bottle. You might be reluctant to buy that much wine because of a concern about it going bad before you can drink it all, but no worries it stays fresh for about a month after opening.
Here’s the full list of the Cabernet Sauvignon we reviewed.
|Ortega Fornier Urban||2008||89||$10.98|
|Santa Ema Reserve||2005||89||$12.99|
|Los Vascos Special Selection||2006||88||$10.99|
|Black Box||2008||85||$23 / 3L|
|Main Street Winery||2006||81||$10.00|
|gran Verano||2008||80||$22 / 3L|