If you have been following my Wine & Cheese Wednesday reviews, you can probably tell that even though I try everything, my favorite wine to drink is Cabernet Sauvignon. Since I have been testing a lot of new wines out, I thought I would break down my top 4 under $35. All of these wines have amazing quality and taste for the price point.
- Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, $25.00 : From its deep ruby and violet hue to its enticing fruit-forward aromas of blackberry, currant and black cherry, this wine showcases what we love about great Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, the lush fruit is balanced by smooth, rich tannins and lovely layers of spice, cocoa and hints of sweet and toasty French oak.
- Simi Alexander Valley, $16.99: SIMI 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, dark garnet in color with a ruby edge. Toasty oak frames and adds depth to dark fruit aromas of blackberry, plum, and black cherry, leading into intriguing notes of cocoa, cassis, pepper berry, and cedar. Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins.
- J Lohr Hilltop, $32.99 : The 2013 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon has exceptional color intensity with a vibrant red hue. Ripe Cabernet varietal aromas of black plum, violet and tobacco are complemented by a touch of hazelnut and cocoa powder from the French oak barrel signature. A dense but approachable mid-palate is followed by intense and vibrant red fruit on the finish.
- Hess Allomi, $28.99: Full bodied, with classic Cabernet red fruit flavors set off by aromas and flavors of currant and blackberry, the Allomi Cab is noted for moderate, well-integrated tannins showing a round, plush mouthfeel. Distinct notes of vanilla and oak spice from aging in American oak add to the personality of the wine, surely one of their most popular Napa offerings.