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Good, Cheap Cabernet Sauvignon for Under 10 Bucks


The King of Reds, the world's premier red grape, the world's most dominant red grape, and on it goes. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most sought after red wine on the market, and with good reason. What other red wine, offers the complexity, the versatility, and the prestige that a good Cab is reknown for? From pennies to pounds, this red wine demands attention around the globe from winemakers, drinkers and buyers alike.  Check out the best cheap Cabs below, year in and year out these reds offer value and consistency time and again.  Get a great "go to," everyday Cab - every vintage.

1. Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (CA) $10

Mondavi's Private Selection range brings budget-friendly wines to the forefront with good flavor profiles, consistent vintages and easy accessibility.  This particular Cab is fruit-forward, offering ripe cherry and blackberry from the start.  An easy going mid-palate and decent finish round out the Mondavi budget-friendly Cab.

2. Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina) $10

Ten bucks buys some serious value-driven Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. Expect lots of plum and dark berry on the palate, some sticky tannins and a good bout of acidity, to keep things fresh. The 2009 Alamos Cab is a budget-friendly find that is well-placed and priced as an everyday red, perfect for the likes of pizza, pastas and various red meat dishes.

3. Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon (CA) $10

The Liberty School Cab out of Paso Robles is a terrific bargain Cab.  Plenty of cherry and blackberry go toe to toe with oak influences and herby undertones.  The body is full, the fruit is bold, the tannins soft and pliable and the price is right around $10, when you can snag it on sale! 

4. Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington) $9

A smooth, easy drinking Cab and easy to find, with a very modest price tag. The body is light and the flavor boasts lots of cherry and strawberry dipped in a touch of mocha on the finish. Tastes great with red-sauce pasta dishes, lasagna or give it a go with your favorite calzone combination.

5. Hogue Cellar's Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington) $10

A deep red wine with moderate tannin levels and a blend of merlot to soften the edges. The grapes were sourced from a variety of vineyards to provide a wine that is both fruit-filled and well-structured.

6. Forest Glen Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $10

A value at $10 a bottle, this Cab makes a terrific table wine for any occasion. Starts with a very berry flavor and melts into a velvety finish. Really you can't go wrong with this wine, Forest Glen has a history of making consistent quality Cabs and offering them at reasonable prices.

7. McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $10

McManis Family Vineyards

A deep garnet colored California Cab with aromas of bell pepper and flavors of fresh berry. The McManis Cab is a medium bodied wine with a smooth and easy finish. The 2001 vintage was the winner of a double gold medal at the International Wine Competition held in San Francisco. At only $10 a bottle, this may be the best bargained Cab around!

8. Montes Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile) $10

A solid Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon with a very affordable price tag ($10). This is a fresh, palate-friendly wine with notable tannins (read: pucker-power), boasting colors of garnet and scents of ripe cherry. This is a full-bodied Cab offering flavors of cherry, chewy blackberry, hints of vanilla and consistent oak. Easy pairing for red meats off the grill or mixed with a hearty tomato sauce.

9. Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $6

A medal winning Cab offered for pennies. Don't be fooled, for a $6 bottle this wine offers ripe fruit flavor toned down with a bit of oakiness. A terrific value that will pair well with a pepperoni pizza or a hearty spaghetti.

10. Cartlidge & Brown Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $10

This Cab tastes great with a grilled steak, a heavy poultry dish or a wide variety of Italian meals. It has heavy cherry flavor with a dark chocolate and cocoa spin, and last but not least there is a very subtle finish.

11. Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $10

Blackstone's Cab retails for around $10 a bottle in most regions and is a good, solid value Cabernet Sauvignon. It has pleasant flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum ending on a pepper and spice high. An easy wine to enjoy with friends and family.
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