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Exploring the Best Cabernet Sauvignon Wines: Top Picks under $20, $30, and $100

Cabernet Sauvignon stands as the undisputed king of red wines, known for its rich, bold flavors and exceptional aging potential. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or just beginning to explore the world of wine, you're sure to find a new favorite  fromNick’s top Cabernet Sauvignon picks. In this article, we'll explore a spectrum of flavors and experiences, from affordable gems under $20 to exceptional finds up to $100.

Top Cabernet Sauvignon Wines under $20

Wente Shorthorn Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon

The Affordable Favorite
In this category, we start with Wente Shorthorn Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon. This wallet-friendly gem offers a taste profile that's both approachable and satisfying. With notes of blackberry, jam, dark fruit, and subtle hints of oak, clove, and chocolate, it's a fantastic introduction to the world of Cabernet Sauvignon. At under $20, it's a testament to the fact that quality wine doesn't have to break the bank.

Paso de Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

The Dark Fruit Kissed Elegance
Paso de Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is a delightful wine that presents aromas of vibrant black fruits complemented by subtle black licorice undertones. On the palate, it shines with prominent notes of ripe blackberry and plum, showcasing its rich, dark fruit character. Subtle hints of oak, vanilla, and chocolate add depth and complexity to the tasting experience. With its approachable profile and soft tannins, this wine pairs beautifully with dishes like beef short ribs, burgers, and portabello mushrooms. An earthy and leathery finish adds the perfect touch to this under $20 gem. (This is an excellent cost-effective alternative to those who currently enjoy Daou Cabernet Sauvignon)

Top Cabernet Sauvignon Wines under $30

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Cabernet

A Classic Delight
For those seeking an intriguing twist on tradition, we introduce the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Cabernet. This wine offers a taste profile filled with oak, vanilla, and hints of tobacco. It's a bold and flavorful experience that showcases the artistry of wine-making innovation.

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon

A Fruit-Forward Fan Favorite
Diving deeper into a specific vintage, the Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a shining example of the classic Cabernet character. With tasting notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate, it's a smooth and fruit-forward delight. The 2019 vintage, known for its bright cherry, blackberry, and baking spice notes, adds depth to this already exquisite wine. Balanced and lovely, it's a must-try in the under $30 category.

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon

A Bright and Lively Choice
The Daou Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 vintage is a revelation, offering a flavor profile reminiscent of oak, vanilla, and chocolate. The 2020 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon vintage, with its vibrant licorice cherry and vanilla cola notes, adds a refreshing twist to the Cabernet experience. Looking for a more affordable alternative? Look no further than our Paso De Robles Cabernet Sauvignon mentioned above!

Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon

A Lush and Alluring Treat
Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon shines through with vibrant dark berry fruit flavors, silky tannins, and balanced acidity. With nuanced hints of oak and sweet baking spices, this wine is a lush and alluring choice. At 13.9% alcohol, it's a must-try addition to our under $30 category.

Top Cabernet Sauvignon under $100

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

A Vintaged Luxury
The 2019 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers notes of red cherry, raspberry, blackberry, iris, vanilla, and clove. This wine boasts great acidity and a fruity finish, promising drinking pleasure through 2047 with proper cellaring. It's a true treasure for those who appreciate the art of aging.

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

The Epitome of Luxury
In the world of Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is considered the epitome of luxury. With tasting notes of vanilla, oak, and chocolate, it's a wine that commands attention. The 2019 vintage, renowned for its exceptional quality, elevates this wine to a class of its own. For those seeking the finest Cabernet experience, this is a choice that exceeds expectations.

Answering Common Questions about Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Dryness and Tannin: The Cabernet Sauvignon Complexity

Cabernet Sauvignon is renowned for its rich and bold flavors, often accompanied by a perception of dryness. This characteristic is attributed to the wine's high tannin content. Tannins are compounds found in grape skins, seeds, and stems, as well as oak barrels. They create that delightful astringency in your mouth. While some may find it intense, this dryness is a hallmark of Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing to its aging potential and ability to pair well with hearty dishes.

Serving Temperature: The Sweet Spot for Enjoyment

To savor every nuance of a Cabernet Sauvignon, serving it at the right temperature is crucial. The sweet spot for most Cabernets is between 60-68°F (15-20°C). At this temperature range, the wine's aromas and flavors are optimized. If too cold, the wine can become muted; if too warm, the alcohol may dominate. Consider using a wine thermometer to ensure precision.

Cabernet Sauvignon Calorie Content

Concerned about calorie content? Cabernet Sauvignon typically contains around 120-130 calories per 5-ounce glass. It's relatively low in calories compared to many other alcoholic beverages. However, keep in mind that sweeter wines may have slightly more calories due to residual sugar.

Pairing Cabernet Sauvignon with Food

Pairing Cabernet Sauvignon with food is akin to orchestrating a symphony of flavors. This versatile wine harmonizes beautifully with a wide range of dishes, enhancing the dining experience. Here are some expert recommendations:
Under $20 Category: Wente Shorthorn Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso de Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Pair with budget-friendly options like burgers, grilled sausages, and hearty pasta dishes.
Cheese pairing: Sharp cheddar or gouda.

Under $30 Category: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Daou Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon
Ideal companions for roasted meats, steak, lamb, and meaty pasta.
Cheese pairing: Gruyère, aged gouda, or blue cheese.

Sub $100 & >$100 Category: Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Elevate your dining experience with prime cuts of beef, filet mignon, or duck confit.
Cheese pairing: Brie or camembert.

Storing Cabernet Sauvignon

The key to preserving the quality of your Cabernet Sauvignon lies in proper storage. Whether your bottle is under $20 or over $100, these guidelines apply:
  • Temperature Control: Maintain a consistent temperature in your wine storage area. For wines under $20, 55-65°F (13-18°C) is sufficient. However, for more expensive bottles, aim for the lower end of this range (around 55°F or 13°C).
  • Humidity Management: Cabernet Sauvignon bottles should be stored at a humidity level of around 70%. This ensures the cork remains moist, preventing unwanted oxidation.
  • Horizontal Position: Store your bottles horizontally, especially those with corks. This keeps the cork in contact with the wine, preventing it from drying out and allowing air to seep in.
  • Dark and Still: Keep your wines away from direct sunlight and minimize vibrations. Light and vibrations can prematurely age wine, affecting its taste and aroma.
  • Consistency is Key: Avoid temperature fluctuations. Even if you don't have a cellar, try to find a spot with minimal temperature swings, as abrupt changes can harm the wine.
By adhering to these storage practices, you'll ensure that your Cabernet Sauvignon ages gracefully, allowing you to fully enjoy its complex flavors when the time is right.


In conclusion, the world of Cabernet Sauvignon offers a spectrum of flavors and experiences to suit every palate and budget. We've introduced you to our top Cabernet Sauvignon wines, each with its unique characteristics and charm. We invite you to explore these remarkable wines at Pascale’s Liquors, where quality, knowledge, and exceptional service converge.

For inquiries on our wide selection of cabernet sauvignon wines, visit us in Fayetteville at Pascale's Wine & Liquors at 105 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066, or contact us at (315) 355-6222. Cheers to discovering the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines and remember to drink responsibly!

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