During the week, we all love a great bargain, but once the weekend rolls around, a lot of us like to spend a little extra for that better bottle. Thus, here are three wines between $20-25 that won over our tasting panel.  Enjoy!

Opaque 2015 Darkness Red Wine

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

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Lots of black cherries, blackberries, and plums come together with undertones of caramel, clove, and dark chocolate on the nose. Plush tannins frame flavors of plum, blueberry, and blackberry that play among allusions of cocoa, toasty brown spice, and caramel on the palate. Dark, and jammy, with nice layers, match it up with a bacon cheeseburger.

Rating: 90

Lapostolle 2015 “Cuvee Alexandre” Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah & 4% Cabernet Franc

Region: Chile

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Inviting aromas of cassis, blackberries, and black cherries play with undertones of anise, herbs, and clove on the nose. The palate unfurls with flavors of blackberry, currant, and dark cherry harmonizing among suggestions of fresh herbs, dark chocolate, and licorice. Fine-grain tannis frame the wine nicely, and a rich, layered character make it ideally suited for a roast leg of lamb.

Rating: 91

Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016 Il Bruciato

Grape(s): 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, & 15% Syrah

Region: Italy

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Swirling a glass releases aromas of cherries, blackberries, floral earth, and cocoa. An abundance of dark berry fruit comes forth on the palate, followed by nuances of dark chocolate, toasty barrel spice, and herbs. A fine complexity and solid structure lead this wine to a pairing with a meaty lasagna.

Rating: 91