25 New World Cabernets Under $35
Price does not necessarily indicate quality, as proven by these recently bottles, which clock in at $35 or less. Perfect for weekend barbecues or casual nights in, these New World selections will please your palate while also helping you avoid sticker shock.
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This Pacific Northwest region of the US has recently made significant advances in its international wine presence. With its dense Cabernet Sauvignons and lush, plummy Merlots, Washington State’s production of quality wines has bloomed over the last couple of decades. Located just north of Oregon, Washington’s inland AVAs have experienced the most success due to the Cascade Mountains protection from the marine influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Puget Sound. While Washington has 11 defined AVAs, the Columbia Valley is by far the biggest and most prolific. Covering almost a third of the state, and even creeping over the state line into Oregon, it encompasses several smaller AVAs, including Horse Heaven Hills,Wahluke Slope, Walla Walla and Yakima Valley. The greatest Washington State wines have been described as having the structure and finesse of the Old World while displaying the flashy and ripe fruit of the New World.
L’Ecole No. 41 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley); $32, 89 points.
New York is really starting to make a name for itself as a serious wine producing state, according to our New York Wine Ratings. The four main AVAs are the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Hudson River and Long Island. Each area has its own microclimate and terroir suitable for an array of grape varieties. The wines of Long Island often use a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, but you can also find Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Long Island’s Atlantic Ocean-influenced climate, leads to earthy and lighter-bodied reds.
With vines planted in almost every area of the Golden State, the California wine region accounts for nearly 90% of total U.S. Wine Production. California’s climate, warm with little-to-no rain, contributes to the concentrated fruit and approachability of the region’s wines. When studying our California Wine Ratings, it is hard not to recognize the emergence of Napa’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as top quality wines.
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