Cabernet Is King It's the primary grape of some of the best wines in the world—France's Château Latour, Italy's Sassicaia, Napa Valley's Dominus Estate—and some of the priciest. Yet more and more great, affordable Cabernets are being made almost everywhere people plant vineyards. And if you poured them blind, most tasters would guess they cost three times the price.
Ready to Drink Now Unlike a first-growth Bordeaux such as Latour, these wines don't need years in a cellar to reach their peak; they're delicious now. That said, the last five on this page will also develop over time.
2003 Finca El Portillo Cabernet Sauvignon ($9) This jammy, blackberry-scented bottling, from vines growing almost 4,000 feet above sea level in Argentina's Valle de Uco, is part of the El Portillo line of affordable wines from up-and-coming producer Bodegas Salentein.