Best Cabernet Sauvignon Under $20 | Fun Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  10.17.2022

In recent years, cabernet sauvignon has become one of the most popular wines in the world. This hearty red wine produces complex flavors that can be enjoyed alongside a wide variety of dishes or by itself. However, with such popularity often comes a high price tag leaving many wine lovers unable to enjoy this delicious nectar of the gods. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this article, we’ll talk about the five best cabernet sauvignons that you can find for under $20. We’ve included only highly ranked wines from our San Francisco and New York tasting competitions, so we can tell you with authority that all these will pleasure your taste buds at a very modest price. Whether you’re a wine lover on a budget or looking for an affordable bottle to enjoy with dinner, we’ve got you covered. Without further ado, let’s get started!

What is Cabernet Sauvignon Known For?

Cabernet Sauvignon is a special wine for many reasons. It has high tannin levels which means that it pairs well with fatty and protein-rich foods like steak. The tannins act as “scrapers” to fats and proteins that collect on your tongue from the food you eat, helping to clean your palate and enhancing the flavor of the wine. Cabernet Sauvignon also has a strong flavor that can stand up to robust foods. Cabernet Sauvignon even has its own official holiday on the Thursday before Labor Day called “Cabernet Day.”

Another reason why Cabernet Sauvignon is so special is its history. It is one of the oldest and most popular wines in the world, and it has been enjoyed by wine lovers for centuries. Cabernet Sauvignon is also unique in that it can be made in a variety of styles, depending on the climate where it is grown. This makes it an ideal wine for food pairing, as there are countless combinations of dishes and wines that can be enjoyed together.

Finally, Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape varietal that can be grown in many different climates and terroirs, making it a versatile wine that can be enjoyed all over the world. Its strong flavor profile also makes it a perfect candidate for aging, and many well-aged bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon are some of the finest wines in the world.

Top 5 Cabernet Sauvignons Under $20

The smooth, velvety texture; the rich, intense flavors of blackberry, cherry, and oak; the beautiful aromas of violets and herbs… There’s nothing like a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to make you feel special. This noble grape has been cultivated for centuries in France’s Bordeaux region, and it’s now grown all over the world. Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect wine for a romantic dinner, a festive party, or just a relaxing evening at home. So, let’s get into the top 5 cabernet sauvignons under $20!

2019 Cannonball Cabernet:

When it comes to finding high-quality Cabernet Sauvignons at an affordable price, the 2019 Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best options available. This wine is a revival of a classic style, blending the best characteristics of traditional California and old-world Bordeaux. The result is a rich, juicy wine with dark cherry fruit flavors accented by caramel, mocha, and toffee. The palate is lush and rich, with generous plum, cherry, boysenberry, and red currant fruit. The soft, smooth tannins make for a smooth midpalate and a dense core of fruit. This wine is perfect for pairing with hearty dishes like beef or lamb roast, or for enjoying on its own as an after-dinner treat. At around $15.99 per bottle, the 2019 Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent value that you won’t want to miss.

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2019 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks:

The 2019 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best cabernet sauvignons you can buy for under $20. It’s a dense and dark wine at the core, with a brilliant garnet hue around the rim. Ripe fruit aromas of black cherry and currant are accented by notes of toasted pastry, and dark roast coffee. On the palate, it’s juicy and rich, with dark fruit flavors of black cherry and currant, along with floral and spice notes, and lovely, balancing acidity. The tannins are firm but not overwhelming, making this a wine that will age well for several years. This is a great wine for everyday drinking, but it would also be a great choice for a special occasion.

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McManis Family Vineyards:

McManis Family Vineyards is one of the best cabernet sauvignons you can buy for under $20. The wine has a dark garnet color with a bouquet full of blueberry, blackberry and black cherry notes and a hint of smoke. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with juicy black currant and black cherry flavors. It finishes with rounded, creamy tannins and a hint of mocha. The McManis Family Vineyards cabernet sauvignon is made from 100% Lodi fruit. The grapes were harvested between August 20th and October 28th, with an average Brix of 26.0. After 7-9 days of fermentation on the skins, the resulting wine was pressed and finished fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then aged on French and American Oak for 4-6 months. This cabernet sauvignon is a great value for the price. It would pair well with grilled steaks or ribs, roast pork loin or pasta with meat sauce.

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2019 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon:

When it comes to affordable, yet delicious Cabernet Sauvignons, the 2019 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best. It layers blackberries, deep plum and blueberries together for a rich, saturated flavor. Subtle hints of vanilla, clove and cracked peppercorn from oak aging and firm tannins add complexity. The result is a classic expression of the Argentinian influence on the variety that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to impress at your next dinner party or just want a great bottle of wine to enjoy on a quiet night at home, the 2019 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon is worth considering.

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Sierra Batuco 2019 Reserva Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon:

If you’re looking for a delicious cabernet sauvignon that doesn’t break the bank, look no further than 2019 Sierra Batuco Reserva. This wine is one of the best values you can find when it comes to cabernet sauvignons priced under $20. It features rich notes of spices and cigar box on the nose, with nutmeg and peppercorn on the palate. There are also mild red-fruit flavors present, along with drying tannins that give the wine a medium body. The finish is bitter, with notes of dark chocolate. All in all, 2019 Sierra Batuco Reserva is an excellent choice for those looking for a great-tasting and affordable cabernet sauvignon.

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