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As is often said in the food and wine pairing world — don’t mess with a classic. We’ve got three highly-giftable Cabernet Sauvignons, reliably delicious but subtle in style, proving that giving Dad what he wants this Father’s Day is no cliché.

High Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

From one of the top producers in California’s unique Lake County, High Valley Cab is the Shannon Family’s very convincing proposition that high-quality, sustainable wines don’t have to come at a crazy price. This sub-$20 bottling features 100% estate Cabernet grown between 1,600-3,000 feet in elevation, allowing the grapes to ripen with great poise and a deceptively casual balance between plush fruit and lifted structure. Gift your Cab-loving Poppa the dark-fruited, bold Cabernet vibe he craves, with bonus notes of pepper, cherry juice, spice, and a transporting melange of cedar and leather — “What’s that? Have you taken me to my favorite boot store in Sedona?” he’ll surely say.

Matchbook Wines ‘The Herdsman’ Cabernet Sauvignon

The Giguiere brothers have dedicated multiple wines to their patient father, the man who attempted to instill some civility into his Dunnigan Hills country wild boys, to frustrating results. Positioned now as the premier and founding producers of the Dunnigan Hills winemaking region in Yolo County, California, John and Karl’s ‘The Herdsman’ pays homage to a full five generations of their family’s farming history in the area. The sheep of their ancestors now help with rotational grazing, cover crop management, soil aeration, and biodiversity in service of better quality Cabernet grapes. The all-estate fruit has awesome depth and structure, beginning with mountain fruit freshness, aromatic black pepper, and tart black raspberry rounded out on the mid-palate with rich cassis, juicy blackcurrant, and spiced tannin.

Dixie and Bass Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

That’s right, your Dad deserves the Reserve! A sleeper Red Mountain Cabernet analog to your favorite barrel pick Whiskey (ahem — ask our Product Specialists for the scoop on these higher-proof, Top-Ten-Only Dad Gift alternatives), this exclusive bottling won’t last forever. Unique as your own beloved Da’, D&B Reserve fruit comes exclusively from the premier Red Mountain, Washington AVA, presenting the fruit purity and longevity renowned of that region. Twenty-two months in French oak lend a complexity that just barely skirts the need for a decant, layering mocha, boysenberry, currant, forest fern, blueberry, and allspice upon a velvety, lengthy finish. This is one of those wines he’ll be bragging to the other dads about — just hope he doesn’t give them all your phone number!

-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors

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