7 Value Cabernets to Buy Now
2014 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley ($29)
Classic Cabernet from a historic producer: Ripe blackberry fruit, polished tannins, richly flavorful. Winemaker Genevieve Janssens has been making some of the best wines of her career lately.
2013 Coho Wines Old Poodle Dog Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)
Winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus is the talent behind this minty, cassis-rich Cabernet. It’s supple, velvety and ideal for drinking now.
2014 Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Estate ($40)
Buehler has long had an underground reputation for making top-flight Cabernets that sell for less than they ought to, like this elegantly structured, black cherry–rich bottle.
2014 Round Pond Estate Kith & Kin Napa Valley ($32)
Star consulting winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown’s deft touch is evident here. Think dark plum flavors against brighter mulberry ones, with lingering tobacco notes.
2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley ($38)
This historic winery’s Cabernets have been on a roll lately, and this bottling is characteristic: saturated blackberry fruit; a touch of supple oak; and fine, dusty tannins on the finish.
2014 Cultivar Napa Valley ($33)
Mocha oak and rich cassis fruit push this robust red to the riper side, but winemaker Julien Fayard gives it a finely balanced precision.
2014 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)
If you want a $40 Cabernet that drinks like it costs $80, this is it. Powerful and extracted, with mocha-oak notes and dark currant fruit—yet it’s perfectly balanced.