We’re launching a new regular series with this feature, focusing on high quality wines, with wide distribution, that can be found for $20 or less. So add them to your shopping list, scoff at those more expensive bottles, and enjoy quality, even on a budget.
Kenwood 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Sonoma Valley, Ca
A bouquet of tropical and citrus fruits draws one in. The palate has a nice round quality, carrying notes of mango, passion fruit, and Meyer lemon, along with hints of minerals. A balanced acidity, means this isn’t one of those crisp, mouth-puckering Sauv Blancs. It’s quite approachable and will pair well with a white fish, like tilapia.
Columbia Crest 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape(s): 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, & 2% Cabernet Franc
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Waves of cassis and black cherries combine with suggestions of dark chocolate, smoky oak, and white pepper on the nose. Your taste buds are greeted by cherry, blackberry, and currant flavors that evolve into highlights of chocolate, vanilla, and spice on the palate. Excellent for a Cab that can be found for about $10. Buy it by the case if it’s on sale.
Wente 2015 Riva Ranch Chardonnay
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Region: Monterey, Ca
Pineapple, pear, and vanilla coalesce together on the nose. The palate unfurls with flavors of pineapples, peaches, and pears that move into accents of toasty vanilla, marzipan, and toffee. A rich wine that’s round with a friendly acidity, fans of opulent Chardonnay will enjoy this bottle
Rutherford Ranch 2014 “Two Range” Blend
Grape(s): Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
Region: Napa Valley, Ca
Lots of black cherries, cranberries, and plums rise up from a glass, accented with hints of chocolate and toasty oak. Lush fruit flavors of cherry, plum, and cranberry form a lovely fruit core that’s highlighted by allusions of dark chocolate, minerals, and sweet spice on the palate. Fruit-driven with polished tannins, lamb burgers would make a fine pairing.
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