Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Fetzer Cabernet SauvignonFetzer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
2006, Valley Oaks, Mendocino CA, $8.99 for 750 ml
(Red Wine)

This is my new favorite wine under $10.00.  It has a depth to it that really sets it apart from other wines reviewed so far.  In fact, I liked the Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon so much that I also tried the Fetzer Merlot and Fetzer Pinot Noir.  While both were tasty, neither held the combination of deep, earthy taste combined with a nice bite of acidity and the pucker of tannins that the Cabernet Sauvignon offers.  (But, both the Merlot and the Pinot are still definitely worth a try!)

The Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon has an unusual, rolling flavor to it that really distinguishes itself from comparably priced beverages (and I’m sure more expensive ones, too).  I tried to put a finger on it, but I’m not sure how to describe it.  It’s medium to high on both tannin and acidity levels (which I actually prefer) but there is also a deep, earthy, rich, vanilla-oakiness that creates dimension and adds contrast and balance to the sharp bite of acid and the drying effect of the tannins.    In short, it’s really, really good!

Bottom line?  Snatch this one up.  It’s delicious.

wine’s website:  http://www.fetzer.com

2 Responses to “Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon”


  • This is one of my all time favorite affordable wines. I bought a $20 bottle of French wine that I liked less. Lindemans is another brand that punches above its price point. Also the Walnut Crest Merlot. I never pay above $10 for a bottle of wine these days, and Fetzer Valley Oaks is one of the reasons why.

  • I love this wine, and I agree it’s better then wine I have paid more for. Keep up the good work.

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