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5 Best Wines Under $12

2005 Esser Cabernet Sauvignon

The culinary magazine "Food & Wine" lists the Esser Cabernet as one of its top value picks. Made by Napa Valley veteran wine maker Manfred Esser, this 2005 vintage is well regarded for its plum and red berry notes that are drawn from grapes from four different regions in Napa. Don't be scared by its label as a table wine. It scores well on most critics' lists as a great value with its fruity, yet mellow flavors, which means it won't overpower your meal.