Best Cabernet Sauvignon under $50
Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most popular archetypal red wine that is a world favorite.
While the most expensive ones originate in regions like Napa Valley and Bordeaux, this widely planted grape variety has a huge fan following and is grown nearly everywhere across the globe.
This makes the cabernet sauvignon one of the most varied wines as it comes in multiple delicious variations (depending of terroirs) and a wide range of prices from under 10 to over 500,000!
Some of my best picks for cabernet sauvignons under 50 are listed below.
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Tingling aromas of red cherry and fresh cranberry combined with notes of tobacco, cassis and chocolate waft their way into your olfactory senses. Refined, soft and round, the flavors of this wine fall elegantly on your palate.
Other seamlessly blending flavors that abound in Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon include that of fresh herbs, red currant, allspice and vanilla bean. Primarily aged with French oak, you will find your palate assailed with soft and velvety tannins.
The robust acidity in the wine balances off the entire blend of the wine. Ideally suited for pairing with diverse foods, this Cab is especially great with savory meat dishes like roasted chicken and herb-crusted lamb.
Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Smelling of rose for that floral lift, this wine displays strong flavors of pure dark and ripe fruit predominantly. Rife with structured tannins, the texture feels beautifully velvety while the French oak is buttressed in between for that overall complex robust flavor.
The color is dark garnet adding a sense of depth and beauty to it. Filled with flavors of dark fruit, shades of wet stone and peppers, this Cab exudes a wonderful balance of fruit and oak.
The flavor is further supported by aromas of dark chocolate, currants, five spice oak and blackberry.
Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Guided by the idea of balancing between varied flavors, this wine offers a harmonious blend of age-ability and instant gratification.
It wonderfully balances between tannins-based texture and richness and between aromatics of dried herbs and ripe fruits.
Clearly reflecting the use of high-quality oak, this really classy Cab delivers an attractive, all-rounded flavor with that perfect tinge of acidity.
Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Combining the best vintage from over 20 vineyards, this Cab uses all the five Bordeaux varietals. Armed with a ‘youthful dark’ ruby shade, the Freemark Abbey Napa Valley wine has complex and layered flavors.
Aromas of blackberry pie, fresh boysenberry, dark chocolate, Bing cherry, cocoa-powder-dusted chocolate berry truffle are all blended beautifully with the spice and sweetness of cedar, oak, black pepper and cinnamon and cloves.
This full-bodied wine starts with soft flavors that develop slowly but surely in robustness. The great texture gives a wonderfully delicious mouth feel.
Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Made from the fruits of vineyards lying bang in the middle of Stags Leap District which is famous for the distinctiveness of its soil, this wine produces an explosion of flavors in your mouth.
Replete with chewy tannins, this structured and elegant wine releases flavors of licorice, red chassis, and herbs. Retaining balanced flavors throughout, the warmth of the vintage marries the coolness of the appellation giving you that perfect wine.
Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Fragrant with the aromas of ripe strawberries, bing cherries, dark olive and red chassis, this Cab exudes a dark fruity core with hints of earthy tones and floral lifts wafting through your senses.
The fruitiness is clearly defined by plush dark fruits including cherries and berries. Other unmistakable flavors of this wine include tobacco, spices, and dark chocolate.
Turnbull Cab is full-bodied and is awash with rich tannins for that beautiful complex structure.
Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Hedonistic and captivating, the flavors of this wine stay long and strong on the palate with its silky and fruity tones.
Notes of cocoa and blackberry niggle their way onto your tongue and aromas reminding you of a cedar cigar box hover around your nose.
Finishing with a slight touch of acidity, the tannins add wonderful texture and body to it. The finishing flavor is replete with mocha and dark berry.
This showy Cab is intense and resonant leaving you with a sense of quiet power.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Combining the powers of Washington fruits and Old World elegance, this wine gets most of its fruits from Cold Creek Vineyard, a 40-year-+ vintage.
This vintage transfers structure and power to this Cab delivering complexity to it. The flavors include layers of ripe blueberries and silky tannins.
Filled with the juices of plum, licorice and black currant with that hint of ground herbs and new leather, this wine plays across the entire palate.
Abundant flavors of creamy coffee, caramel and black cherry give this wine a full-bodied tone.
Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Complexity of the flavor of this wine is attributable to cassis, pomegranate, green peppercorns and blood orange. This wine has an abundant palate texture.
Aged for 17 months in 30% French oak, this Cab has a distinctive purplish/bluish/inky hue. Your nose will find the complex aromas of black currants, blueberries, and smoky charcoal rendering it full body.
Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
This elegant and deep Cab is made with the fruits grown in the western slopes of the Mayacamas. The intensity of the aromas is from cacao, fresh black currant, and dried tobacco.
The opulence and complexity of the flavors are enhanced by blackberry, dark chocolate and cassis layered with notes of crushed stone, espresso and anise.
The wine has a polished and velvety texture owing to the abundance of ripe and smooth tannins for that long beautiful finish. The color is blackish/dark ruby and almost opaque enhancing its richness.
Wines get pricier owing to three factors including terroir, aging time and oak. However, not all pricy wines are great and it is imperative to garner discerning powers to know and understand the goodness of wines.
I hope the above helps you do just that. Do feel free to browse through my list and let me know if you found it useful.