I went on an online hunt about ten days ago searching for a really excellent, really affordable Cabernet Sauvignon with no preconceived notions about where that Cabernet might come from. Napa, Sonoma, Australia, South America, Bordeaux, Italy, Washington State - it was a worldwide search with the only requirement that the wine be exceptional and reasonably priced.
The result was the 2017 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo Vineyard from Mendoza, Argentina (I assure you I was not influenced unduly by our Zoom tasting with the winemaker, Nesti Bajda, a couple of months ago, but I do remember remarking on how remarkable the wine was at that time).
It's a fabulous wine for only $15.99 - reminiscent of a left bank Red Bordeaux with excellent weight, dark fruit, pronounced tannins which are softening with bottle age, subtle oak - spicy but elegant. It received 92 points from The Wine Advocate and 93 points from James Suckling!
Purchase this tremendous "bang for the buck" red here:
And, for the perfect dish to serve with it, try this one: