Best Cabernet Sauvignon


It is common knowledge that a good Cabernet Sauvignon from California can cost you a pretty penny. While paying more for a bottle of wine won’t guarantee that it will surpass your favorite twenty dollar Cabernet, if you know what to look for when shopping for a higher end bottle you the odds will definitely fall in your favor. Here are a list of eight Cabernet Sauvignons that are always worth paying extra for. These wines are consistent in their high quality, spending the extra money on new oak for their barrels, premium grapes that are either grown themselves or from specially selected growers, and an experienced winemaker that knows exactly what goes into making a quality Cabernet.


Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Reserve

If you enjoy a Cabernet Sauvignon with big, bold flavors that also have exceptional depth and complex layers, look no further than the Robert Mondavi 2009 Reserve. You can expect a tannin structure that is well woven, and supports the black cherry and blackberry fruit notes that mean this wine will continue to age well for at least another decade. This wine is perfect for gift giving with its bold notes of mocha, elegance, and top notch balance of flavors. The Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with many of the most popular meat cuts such as beet, bison, or other big games. You will find the rich flavors of the meat go very well with this wine. While the usual retail price for this wine runs around $135, if you shop around you can often find a great deal, especially at online wine sellers.

2010 Katheryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon

This top selling vintage of wine features a strong, raspberry fruity flavor with a well defined structure and lots of traditional Cabernet Sauvignon flavor. You will taste hints of blackberry, red currant, and dark cherry as they provide ample depth to this wine, while warm spices from the influence of oak barrels add subtle influence. This wine also has a good tannin that ages well and has structural support. The lovely acidity, integrity, and perfect balance in this wine culminate in a finish that stays true to the history of this Napa Valley favorite.

2007 Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2007 One Point Five from Shafer is a wine from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, a prestigious region known for opulent and intense Cabernet Sauvignon. Shafer’s wine holds true to Stags Leap’s exalted reputation and even goes above and beyond, producing a bottle of wine with astounding aromas, hints of blackberry and black cherry and tinges of earth and mocha. The dense fruit flavors are well supported by the structure of this wine along with its ample amount of tannins, meaning this wine will continue to impress for years to come.

2008 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon

Col Solare is an Italian term meaning “shining hill.” The 2008 vintage of this extraordinary Cabernet based blended wine comes from several of Washington’s top wine regions such as Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, and Red Mountain. This wine is a collaboration that works brilliantly to combine two of the most prestigious winemakers in the world, Chateau Ste. Michella and Marchesi Antinori from Italy. The vintage from 2008 combines wonderful depth, power, and body with flavors of black cherry, dark plum, blackberry, warm vanilla, and a hint of sweet tobacco. All of this while remaining well balanced in both structure and tannins. With a complex flavor character and an elegance that runs from the moment you open the bottle until the last drop is poured, this wine pairs perfectly with many different foods. You can enjoy the full bodied intensity of this Cabernet with anything from filet mignon to grilled wild game. This wine is perfectly enjoyable today, and yet will still improve if given more time to age in your cellar.

2006 Swanson Alexis Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2006 vintage of Swanson “Alexis” Oakville Cabernet is a standout wine from the Napa Valley, filled with the flavors of dark cherry along with blackberry and currant jam. You will also notice notes of chocolate coated coffee beans and vanilla along with the profiles of the dark fruits. This wine has a well integrated structure of tannins, making it a prime candidate for aging.

This wine makes for an excellent ambassador for the Napa Valley Cabernets, and the Alexis Cabernet from Swanson Vinyards is a special bottle that is best saved for a special occasion, whether it is a gift or to serve alongside a fancy dinner of roasted duck, beef tenderloin, or prime rib.

2009 Howell Mountain CADE Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine connoisseurs are no doubt familiar with the notable PlumpJack winery in Oakville, Napa Valley, and since their launch of the CADE Estate at Howell Mountain more and more people are clamoring to try their powerful Cabernets. The 2009 vintage of Howell Mountain is a good example, with grapes coming from five different premium Howell Mountain growers, filled with layers of spice and fruit. You can expect a dark fruit flavor profile featuring black current and blackberry, along with aromatic notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, mint, and black licorice to round out the profile of this wine’s palate. You can be sure that the finesse, elegance, balance, and strength of this wine will intrigue drinkers and continue to make this wine a heavy hitter.