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It is steak night and you are looking for a nice, heavy Cabernet Sauvignon to go with your dinner. However, at the grocery store, you are overwhelmed by all the options in front of you. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of the top five bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon that span all budgets (based on what we have reviewed here). Without further ado, here is the list of the best Cabernet Sauvignon.
Stonehedge Cabernet Sauvignon
The Stonehedge Cabernet Sauvignon is, as you would expect from any Cabernet Sauvignon, a big, heavy wine. It is incredibly full bodied and rich. This is not a wine for timid pairings but instead something that needs to accompany bold flavors. The wine itself is strong in dark red fruit flavors with a little vanilla and chocolate adding a hint of sweetness to the long finish.
Panilonco Cabernet Sauvignon
The Panilonco Cabernet Sauvignon is another one of those dirt cheap wines that you pick up mostly because of the price tag and the cool bottle despite knowing absolutely nothing about what to expect from what is inside. That was exactly how I found myself sitting down for dinner with a bottle of this. After all, it has a lion on the label, and lions are pretty sweet. Put a lion on anything and I’ll probably buy it. Plus it was only $5 for a Cabernet Sauvignon, so you are barely paying a premium over the equivalent Charles Shaw offering.
Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon
Despite my fears, the Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon was not that bad. It is much lighter than I expected from a Cabernet Sauvignon and has a nice dryness and full body. The flavor was serious in the red berries with just a little dessert-like touch of vanilla and chocolate.
Francis Coppola Claret (Diamond Collection Black Label)
Francis Coppola Claret (Black Label), from their Diamond Collection, is their self-proclaimed “signature red wine.” Those are strong words from a brand known to have a broad stable of very good red wines. Your first question is probably about the wine itself: what is Claret? It is simply a term for a wine made in the Bordeaux style. In this case, Coppola makes it with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes as the primary ingredient.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
In the case of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine made from a blend of grapes from the Central Coast region in California, what shocked me instantly was how smoky it was. There is some deep fruit flavors as well to compliment the smoke, but smoke really led the way.