Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red varietal in the U.S. but finding good Cabernet under $20 in Alaska can be a challenge.
Below are 5 of my favorite Cabernets under $20, all available in Alaska.
#5 – Trim Cabernet Sauvignon*
California - $14.98
I don’t know if there is a better Californian Cabernet for under $15. Made by the legendary Signorello winery, it’s evident that they are putting their experience and know-how in crafting their superb luxury Cabernets into the Trim line. If I have one complaint about some of the other Californian Cabernets on the list is that they can tend toward the fleshy side, but Trim Cab is varietally correct, with good tannin and acid balance that help deliver a classic Cabernet profile at a very attractive price point.
#4 – Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon*
Langhorne Creek, Australia - $17.98
We debuted this wine in Alaska November of 2018, and I’ve been blown away by how popular it’s become so quickly - it’s already the most popular Australian Cabernet at Brown Jug. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised though; The wine is really good! Take your time with this one – it delivers a lot of smooth, intense fruit on the palate, but it’s on the finish where this wine really comes alive.
Don’t take my word for it though, Vinous gives this wine 92 points.
#3 – Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon*
Maipo Valley, Chile - $17.98
Every time I drink this wine, I’m taken aback by the intensity of it – it has a core of red and black fruit that is focused without being tart and deep without being cloying. Instead, it weaves nimbly between the extremes. This is fantastic on its own, but it absolutely shines with a good steak.
I should note: This wine and the other Southern Hemisphere wines on this list really showcase the value that Chile, Australia and South Africa are providing at the moment for Cabernet. If this wine was made in California, it would easily be $10 to $20 more.
Don’t take my word for it though, James Suckling rates this wine 90 points.
#2 – Wildberry Estate Two Passions Cabernet Sauvignon*
Margaret River, Australia - $19.98
Ignore the regrettably bland label on this wine and take a chance on it – you won’t be disappointed. This wine delivers amazing maturity and elegance in the glass, helped along by 15 months of barrel aging that delivers well-integrated oak notes. In the glass, you first notice some pretty herb notes on the nose – lavender, rosemary, and candied flowers – and when you take a sip, that complexity continues on the palate, which boasts a lovely currant flavor and fine-grained tannins.
Don’t take my word for it though, James Suckling, Vinous and Wine Enthusiast all score this wine 90pts.
#1 – Edgebaston Cabernet Sauvignon*
Stellenbosch, South Africa - $17.98
My number one budget Cabernet is from South Africa? Trust me, I was surprised as you are when I first tasted this wine. It’s nothing short of gorgeous, with lots of leather, earth and spice flavors entwined with cassis, blackberry and violet. The winemaker, David Finlayson, cut his teeth at the legendary Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, and it shows in this wine: it’s balanced, intense and savory.
Bottom line, I’ve had $50 Cabernets that don’t deliver half the satisfaction that the Edgebaston does for 18 bucks.