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Once again, we continue our series 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. Happy drinking!

Kenwood 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc

Region: Sonoma ounty, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Currants and blackberries meld with suggestions of cedar, anise, and cocoa on the nose. The palate delivers nice dark fruit that plays among highlights of toasty vanilla, anise, and minerals. Good structure and balance of flavors make it hard to beat for the price.

Rating: 90

Z. Alexander Brown “UnCaged” 2014 Red Blend

Grape(s): Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Malbec & Cabernet

Region: North Coast, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

The nose offers aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and cherries that combine with allusions of dark chocolate and anise. Lush dark fruit is carried by polished tannins and accents of clove and chocolate on the palate. Rich, dark, and supple, it’s a nice wine for the price.

Rating: 90

Kunde 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Sonoma Valley, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of melons, peaches, citrus fruits, and honey rises up from a glass. The palate exhibits peach, passion fruit, and honeydew flavors that are rounded out by hints of herbs. There’s enough acidity to keep it lively and enough body to keep it compelling. Spot on for the price.

Rating: 90

Decoy 2016 Rose

Grape(s): Pinot Noir & Syrah

Region: California

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Raspberries and cranberries play nicely with some tropical fruit and floral notes on the nose. A fresh acidity perks up a palate that weaves together red berries and tart passion fruit with violets and orange peal. This Rose has a little extra brightness that sets it above many, which can be a bit bland. Enjoy with sunshine and turkey sandwich picnic.

Rating: 90