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9 Best Cabernet Sauvignons Under $25

Karen Frazier
Pouring Cabernet Sauvignon into goblets with vineyard grapes in background

Cabernet Sauvignon has a reputation for being an expensive wine, but you can find tasty, high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon for under $25 per bottle. So if you're looking to find an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon that won't break the bank, try these nine Cabernet Sauvignon wines that cost $25 or less.

9 Best Cabernet Sauvignon Wines Under $25

You don't have to buy the $100+ Cabs to be able to drink good wine. There are some fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wines to look for that cost less than $25. Prices are for a 750 mL (standard) bottle.

1. Durigutti Cabernet Sauvignon Clasico

This tasty Cabernet Sauvignon only costs $17, but it's a well received Cabernet Sauvignon. The Durigutti Cabernet Sauvignon Clasico is produced in Mendoza, Argentina, one of the world's up-and-coming wine regions that still has some fantastic high-quality bargain wines. Wine critic James Suckling rated the 2018 vintage of this Cab 94 points, which is a monster rating for a value wine. Expect a lush, drinkable Cabernet Sauvignon with deep notes of red fruits and a distinctly mineral edge. The wine is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon (and can therefore be labeled as a single varietal) with small amounts of other Bordeaux red wine grapes blended in for balance and complexity, including Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

2. Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Washington State's Columbia Valley AVA is another up-and-coming wine region with some excellent values in Cabernet Sauvignon. It's Washington State's warmest AVA, which allows for Cabernet Sauvignon wines with beautiful expression. The 2016 vintage of Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is easy on the palate and the pocketbook. Coming in at $25 per bottle (but you can often find it on sale for less), the 2016 vintage of this powerhouse Cabernet Sauvignon received a 93-point rating from the Tasting Panel, 92 points from Decanter and Wine & Spirits, and 91 points from James Suckling. The wine is consistently good. Earlier vintages typically receive 91 to 92 point ratings from wine critics. It's a dense, lush Cab with dark fruits and hints of herbs and cedar.

3. De Martino Legado Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Chile is another warm weather wine region to watch for up-and-coming high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon bargains, and this one comes from the Maipo Valley. Try the De Martino Legado Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, a beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon with well-integrated tannins and the flavors of blackcurrant and blackberries. James Suckling rated the 2015 vintage of this wine 92 points, and Wine Spectator rated the 2011 vintage 92 points as well. Price will depend on the vintage, but expect to pay between $17 and $25.

4. Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon

While Tuscany, Italy may not be the first place you think of in terms of Cabernet Sauvignon, there are some really great wines coming from the region including the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal and Super Tuscan wines. The Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon costs around $19 per bottle and has flavors of herbs, spices, and dark fruits. Ratings usually fall in the lower 90 to 92 point range, and the 2016 vintage received a 94-point rating from James Suckling and a 91-point rating from Wine Spectator.

5. Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon typically costs around $23 per bottle, and the grapes are grown in Paso Robles, California. It's a great price for a California Cab, and the wine is consistently good. For example, the 2016 vintage received a 93-point rating from the Tasting Panel and a 91-point rating from Wilfred Wong, and earlier vintages tend to receive critics' ratings in the 90- to 91-point range. With a core of cassis, dark chocolate, and black cherry, it's a delicious value Cabernet Sauvignon.

6. Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon

Another Cab from Mendoza, Argentina, this $25 bottle is a ratings powerhouse. The 2016 vintage of the Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon received a 94-point rating from Tim Atkins, and earlier vintages received critics' ratings ranging from 90 to 94 points. Enjoy flavors of cassis, spices, and black pepper in this complex Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet sauvignon wine in goblet

7. Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon

Concha y Toro is a well-known Chilean winemaker. The Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon from Concha y Toro is made from fruit grown in the Maipo Valley, and it costs around $22 per bottle. This opulent Cab has smokey notes woven under flavors of blackberries. James Suckling rated the 2016 vintage 93 points, and earlier vintages receive consistently high critics' ratings in the lower 90-point range. While labeled as a Cabernet Sauvignon varietal, small amounts of other grapes are included for complexity such as Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

8. Substance Cabernet Sauvignon

Another Washington State Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Substance Cabernet Sauvignon costs around $18, and it's extremely well-received by wine critics. The wines from various vintages typically receive ratings in the 92- to 93-point range from critics such as Robert Parker, James Suckling, and Jeb Dunnuck. The 2017 vintage was also #49 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2019. Expect plenty of fruit and dense but well-integrated tannins.

9. Folie a Deux Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This California Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in Sonoma County, which is a great AVA for some high-quality, accessible California wines. The Folie a Deux Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon costs around $24 per bottle, and ratings tend to be around 90 points from wine critics. The wine is floral and fruity with minerals and vanilla woven throughout.

Explore Affordable Cabernet Sauvignon

As always, this list is just a starting point. Go out and find some special value finds of your own and create your own list of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines under $25. Half the fun is exploring and discovering a gem that you too can share with friends and family. Enjoy!

9 Best Cabernet Sauvignons Under $25