If there's a producer that exemplifies American pluck, it's got to be Viano.
Although it's West Coast, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a truly transatlantic feel. The fruit is full-bodied and jammy, bringing a truly American 'oomph' to its blackcurrant tones, but beneath there's a shade of Bordeaux class in the taut gravelly structure and subtle oak notes.
Contra Costa County, nestled in the bays by San Francisco, used to be a thriving wine scene, but over the years the vineyards have gone and suburbia encroached, with Viano left as the last producer standing.
A combination of old vines and a cooling bay breezes means they're perfectly placed to make powerful, expressive wines, and at a price you won't find in the more prestigious regions.
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol level: 13%