I was especially impressed with Tony Arcudi’s wines this year. Arcudi has the magic touch when it comes to finding that elusive balance at Stagecoach where the tannins are tamed and the wines retain energy. Arcudi’s new Terramagra Cabernet is a great choice for readers on a budget. It is a blend from a number of top sites that can’t be disclosed, but that are about as good as it gets.

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Terramagra 

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Terramagra is a new, value-priced wine from Tony Arcudi. A vibrant, mid-weight Cabernet, the 2019 possesses terrific energy and freshness. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice. Fresh floral accents lift the finish. The 2019 is an absolute steal. Don’t miss it. 92pts

 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is endowed with tremendous density and pure, unbridled power. All of the wine’s energy is focused inward. Blueberry jam, crème de cassis, spice, menthol and licorice build as this potent, deep Cabernet shows off its notable character. 95pts