Granted, Oregon is not the first place you look for when you want a decent $10 Cabernet, but here it is. Stiff and tannic—make that “Bordeaux-like”—the most appealing feature of this budget bottle is its sweet core of grapey cherry fruit. The candy quality is really quite pleasant, and has enough substance behind it to elevate it well above the Kool-Aid category. Best Buy
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.