Five Rivers cabernet: OH MY GOD

4 11 2010

This review has been updated here.

Five Rivers cabernet sauvignon, which normally goes for $11 or more and was recommended by your Wineguider here, is now selling for $8.99 at Total Wine and, I’m told, at Wegmans.  Thereby CATAPULTING it into “Best Value” status.  Juicy, yet packing a dry punch full of tannins, it’s not as full-bodied as some other cabs, but it does almost nothing wrong.

Is there another $9 cabernet sauvignon on planet Earth that is this good?  I DON’T KNOW.

Are any red wines this good, at $9?  Yes:  Mark West pinot noir, and super-tannic Zestos especial.  But they have strong personalities that prevent them from being budget crowd-pleasers. Five Rivers is generic enough that almost anybody can enjoy it.  Admittedly, this is also its downfall: it can be kind of plain.  And maybe a little sweet for a “real” cabernet sauvignon.

But at this price, I don’t know of any cabernet that comes close.  To my budget red wine drinking friends – enjoy!

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11 responses

5 11 2010
frazzledfoodie

Thank you!

9 11 2010
frazzledfoodie

Oh, hey, I found this bottle at Wegmans today for $8.99 also, fyi!

9 11 2010
wineguider

Thank you! I will update the post to reflect this.

12 11 2010
frazzledfoodie

We tried it last night and HOLY CRAP is it good for that price! Thanks for the really good recommendation!

12 11 2010
wineguider

You’re welcome! That’s great to hear. Maybe I’m ready to go national?

13 11 2010
frazzledfoodie

Well, I definitely trust your recommendations based on what I’ve read so far. We actually liked it so well we’re taking it to a dinner party with some other budget-conscious friends tonight. Went to Wegmans for it this morning. What a rockin’ bottle! Still $8.99.

24 11 2010
Johnny

WG! Found your site today and based on the review of Five Rivers, I must say I love your opinions already! The wife and I are cutting veggies for the stuffing, listening to Christmas music (too early IMHO, but what are you gonna do? She’s happy) and drinking a bottle of Five Rivers. WOW! Love it and couldn’t beat the price at $9.99.
Paid a dollar more, but it was at a Publix grocery store. Thanks for the great blog!

24 11 2010
wineguider

You’re very welcome!

26 01 2013
Redlover

I’m in!!! It’s only $7.99 at our local Total Wine store here in Virginia. Can’t wait to pick up a bottle…or two!!! 🙂

26 01 2013
wineguider

OK but please be sure to read the Update review, referenced at the top. My opinion on the more recent vintage has changed.

26 01 2013
Redlover

Will do. 🙂

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