Written by: Tim Edison

Updated on: January 9, 2023

15 Best Costco Cabernet Sauvignons in 2023 [Value Cabs!]

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When you want a good bottle of red wine that won't burn a hole in your pocket, Costco's range of Cabernet Sauvignon has you covered.

Costco has the best domestic Cabernet Sauvignon selection of any chain store. Prices start from $8.99, which gets you a lovely bottle of Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley, and no bottle will take more than $30 off you.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world's most popular red wine, loved for its brooding character, robust tannins, and distinct notes of black fruit.

The grape’s ability to thrive in mild and warm climates and excellent aging potential make it exceptionally versatile.

Fancy a good bottle of Cabernet at a bargain price? Join us as we reveal Costco's 15 best Cabernet Sauvignons in 2023.


15. San Simeon Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $19.99
  • ABV: 14.9%
  • Region: Paso Robles, California
San Simeon Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

A tannic baked cherry delight, the San Simeon Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. The Petit Verdot adds a touch more color and tannin, creating a rich, dense red wine. 

Aromas of black cherry, violets, light oak, and cocoa are joined by pomegranate, boysenberry, and oak spice on the palate. It is full-bodied with bright acidity, with a smooth mouthfeel that edges towards chewy. 

The high tannins in this Cab make it a perfect pairing for lamb chops with rosemary, ribeye steak with peppercorn sauce, duck breast, and other fatty meats. It also works well with hard cheeses and charcuterie. 


14. Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $8.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Columbia Valley, California
Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark, ripe fruit and leather notes underpin the Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

It's medium to full-bodied with a lighter mouthfeel than you expect, with a dry, oaky finish oozing with rustic charm. 

It spends 16 months in American and French oak barrels to bring out oaky notes. Intense aromas of plum, blackcurrant, oak, and vanilla lead to a beautifully balanced palate with baking spice, a hint of coffee, and a cassis finish. 

Smooth with a light mouthfeel, we love this Cabernet with roast meats, sausages, veal, tenderloin, and lamb cutlets. The chewy red fruit flavors also complement dark chocolate, making it a great dessert option. 


13. 2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $9.99
  • ABV: 14%
  • Region: Sonoma County, California
2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

The Alexander Valley is famous for producing lush Cabernet grapes, and Kirkland's interpretation doesn't disappoint.

It is a balanced red with notes of jammy black fruit, oak, spice, and black tea, with a dry, dense mouthfeel. 

Full-bodied, dry, and highly tannic, this is a classic Cabernet with robust flavors thanks to spending over twelve months in French oak. Cassis, plum, cherry, and cola on the nose lead to crushed sage, leather, and blackberry on the palate. 

We love this wine's layered complexity and fruity profile. It goes beautifully with mushroom tarts, porcini, truffles, venison stew, oxtail, roast beef, and roast leg of lamb.

Note: I've also seen this in my local Whole Foods Market at the same price.


12. 2019 Daou Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $23
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Paso Robles, California
2019 Daou Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Aged for 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels, the 2019 Daou Winery Cabernet Sauvignon scratches our itch for a smoky, chewy red. High tannins and a very dry mouthfeel give it an almost chalky, earthy quality. 

It blends Cabernet with 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Oak, tobacco, cedar, and cherry provide a wonderfully complex bouquet while the palate is dense, packed with black fruit, stewed plum, cassis, and chocolate. 

Rich layers, including a vanilla mid-palate and a smoky finish with violet, give this wine a complex profile perfect for sipping.

It also goes perfectly with ribeye, Mafaldine pasta with mushrooms, mature cheese, and savory snacks. 


11. J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $12
  • ABV: 14%
  • Region: Paso Robles, California
J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Look no further for a velvety-rich red with chewy tannins. J. Lohr Seven Oaks blends 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Syrah for a wonderfully complex blend of grapey goodness!

A bouquet of vanilla, allspice, blackcurrant, and plum fills us with warmth, but it's the hazelnut, toast, violet, cola, and black cherry flavors that steal the show. Dense but smooth, this Cabernet serves up an abundance of flavor with a long, earthy finish. 

Ripe flavors, toasted notes, and intriguing lighter flavors of violet make this Cabernet highly approachable. Enjoy it with barbeque, grilled meats, Asian spices, smoked cheeses, roasted vegetables, and caramelized onions.


10. Justin Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $19.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Paso Robles, California
Justin Cabernet Sauvignon

When we want an easy-going Cabernet with chewy black and red fruit flavors, we constantly reach for Justin Cabernet Sauvignon. This consistently good Cabernet is dense, bold, and bursting with baking spice and dried fruit. 

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon pours deep plum in the glass with cassis, red and black licorice, and a cherry bouquet with enjoyable cocoa, cinnamon, and raspberry flavors. It's smooth but full-bodied with moderate tannins. 

It's hard to argue against this wine's balanced profile and smooth mouthfeel, making it perfect for sharing with friends. It also makes a great table wine with lamb, pork, veal, and any pasta dishes served with red sauce.


9. Kirkland Signature K-Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $13.99
  • ABV: 14%
  • Region: Columbia Valley, California
Kirkland Signature K-Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

The Kirkland Signature K-Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with brooding dark fruit flavors and rich, sharp tannins. It's produced with long-season grapes for a lively palate backed by bright acidity. 

This wine pours a deep garnet color with a bouquet of blackcurrant, cedar, and a hint of vanilla. Graphite and earth on the palate give rise to plum, black cherry, and oak flavors, with chalky tannins and baking spice on the finish. 

Although it isn't the most complex wine, K-Vine delivers the chalky, earthy, black fruit notes we love from a classic Cabernet. Pair it with burgers, barbeque, ribs, sausages, meatballs, spaghetti, and roasted eggplant. 

Note: The Kirkland Signature K Vine Chardonnay is awesome too if you like bold whites.


8. 2020 Acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $14.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Napa Valley, California
2020 Acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2020 Acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant 100% Cabernet with bold black cherry, vanilla, and raspberry notes. It has bright acidity and a fruit-forward profile, making it highly approachable and a treat at the dinner table. 

Notes of baking spice, vanilla, and oak on the nose underpin a dark fruit bouquet with a hint of oak and leather. The palate delivers black cherry, raspberry, and clove, with a huge tannic structure providing a chewy mouthfeel. 

The finish is earthy and concentrated with red fruit. It's an interesting variety because it doesn't have the oak of a traditional Cabernet, making it a top pairing for lean meats, fatty fish, Mediterranean fare, and tapas.


7. 2017 Francis Coppola Claret Cabernet Sauvignon 

  • Price: $14
  • ABV: 13%
  • Region: Columbia Valley, California
2017 Francis Coppola Claret Cabernet Sauvignon

Crafted as a Bordeaux-style blend, Francis Coppola Claret Cabernet Sauvignon combines Cab, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, creating an alluring red with smooth tannins, wild berry flavors, and a juicy mouthfeel. 

This easy-drinking Cabernet has a fresh, fruity bouquet with cassis, red cherry, raspberry, and oak aromas. Earthy and well-integrated toasty oak spice flavors underpin blackberry, violet, espresso, and red currant notes on the palate. 

Dry but juicy, we adore this Cab with creamy cheeses, garlic dishes, pepperoni pizza, sausages, and spaghetti and meatballs. It also pairs well with hamburgers, grilled pork chops, lamb chops game, veal, and roast turkey. 


6. 2019 Kirkland Signature Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $19.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Napa Valley, California
2019 Kirkland Signature Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

The Signature Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is an easy-drinking, lighter Cabernet with ripe blackberry and blueberry notes. The fruit-forward palate has hints of oak and cedar, with bright acidity and supple tannins helping it go down a treat. 

The nose has a pleasant aroma of black cherry with a hint of vanilla and oak. Cassis, blueberry, red currant, spice, cedar, and a touch of chocolate on the palate give it depth, with a long finish wrapped in oak. 

This wine's excellent structure and sweet, ripe tannins make it perfect as a sipping wine, or you can happily plop it at the dinner table. Pair it with prime rib, ribeye, Ahi tuna, lamb chops, garlic and rosemary dishes, and porcini. 


5. 2019 Kirkland Signature Suscol Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $16.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Napa Valley, California
2019 Kirkland Signature Suscol Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Produced from single vineyard grapes from the cool climate region in Napa Valley, 2019 Suscol Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has intense plum, blackberry, and mocha notes, with chewy tannins and a fruit-forward character. 

Full-bodied and rich, this Cabernet bursts with black cherry, dark chocolate, and cassis on the nose. Take a sip, and bright red fruit leads to plum, blackberry, and mocha notes. Bright acidity and hints of vanilla make it incredibly moreish. 

Because it is rich, structured, and tannic, this wine goes beautifully with cheese, charcuterie, roasted vegetables, and fatty meats like prime rib and roast lamb. Try it with lamb cutlets and mint sauce for a zingy pairing. 


4. Pertaringa Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $11.99
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Pertaringa Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon

This Bec Hardy Pertaringa Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Costco's hidden gems with impressive structure and integrated spice and mocha notes. Dark fruit and jammy flavors lift the dry, chewy mouthfeel to strike a perfect balance.

The nose offers blackberry, tobacco, licorice, and interesting mint notes, with the palate bringing plum, blueberry, and a touch of earth to the fore. Chewy tannins and bright acidity give it an elegant structure that is ideal for sipping. 

This wine benefits from a ten-minute decant to bring out spicy, peppery notes and hints of anise and tobacco. It's the perfect pairing for New York strip steak, meaty pizza, spice-crusted tuna, lasagna, and meatballs.  


3. 2019 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $45.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: San Luis Obispo County, California
2019 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon

As one of the most expensive wines on our list, the 2019 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon has lots to prove, and it gets off to a good start with grapes from the prestigious region of San Luis Obispo County. 

It blends 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, and 1% Malbec, pouring deep ruby red into the glass. The complex nose has red cherry, raspberry, sage, and violet notes, with a hint of toast. 

Take a sip, and the elegant, medium-full body coats the palate with red cherry jam, fig compote, roast coffee, and a touch of vanilla.

Structured tannins and a long, decadent finish with cedary spice keep us coming back.

It's one of Costco's more expensive Cabs but it's worth every penny! Sip, savor, and enjoy!

Related: How does Cabernet Sauvignon compare to Malbec?


2. 2018 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $59.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Napa Valley, California
2018 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon

It'll set you back over $50, but the 2018 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon is worth it for those special occasions when only the best red wine will do. With fig, cocoa, cardamom, and anise notes underpinning a dark fruit profile.  

This classic Californian Cabernet elegantly blends 83% Cabernet Sauvignon with 16% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, producing intense fruity flavors. Expect blackberry, boysenberry, huckleberry, oak, and cedar, framed with dusty tannins. 

Full-bodied with a dense mouthfeel and chewy flavors, we can't think of a finer Cabernet to share with friends. The 15% Merlot adds a red cherry sweetness to the palate, making it a perfect pairing for prime rib, roast meats, and truffle pasta.  


1. 2020 Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $47.99
  • ABV: 15%
  • Region: Paso Robles, California
2020 Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

The Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely juicy with velvety tannins and fresh acidity. It's a firm yet elegant Cabernet with notes of black cherry, demerara sugar, cedar, and a touch of dark chocolate. 

Subtle smoky notes, dried spices, and hints of mocha and cocoa on the nose give it a savory bouquet. Blackberry, vanilla, oak, plum, and leather dominate on the palate, with cocoa on the mid-palate and a long, black fruit finish.

Aged in both new and used French oak for eleven months, this Cabernet Sauvignon has more depth than any other at Costco. Supple tannins make it highly approachable. Pair it with wild duck, venison, hearty stews, and portobello mushrooms.


About the Author Tim Edison


Tim started Wine Turtle way back in 2015.
These days he contributes to Wine Turtle (and other renowned wine publications) while continuing his wine education.
Tim's wine of the month is the Coates & Seely Reserve Brut NV (from Hampshire, England).

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