Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Five Rivers 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

In California, when it comes to red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to California red wines that are decent values, Cabernet Sauvignon is also a bitch. 

Not the 2007 Five Rivers, though. For less than ten bucks, you get a wine that can pimp-slap more expensive bottles and revels in its intense, toasty, richly fruity Cabernet character. With its deep black 'n' blueberry aromas and flavors, strong shot of toasty oak and undercurrents of black olives, it's not a wine for the faint of palate.  

But it's not some fat, stupid fruit bomb either. In fact, firm yet agreeable tannins and a restrained 13.5 percent alcohol level keep all that ripe fruit under control and make a wine as voluptuous as Mo'Nique that's a pal to all kinds of hearty fare, from steaks and chops to grilled sausages and meaty stews. 

A wine like that... hey, it's a prince.

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