Friday, April 03, 2009

Ten Great Wines Under $20

2006 Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon California
Price: $15.99
Winemaker Dennis Hill makes a splash with this delicious California Cabernet. Most of the fruit comes from the Dry Creek Valley, with a small portion coming from Paso Robles. Cannonball Cabernet is 82% Dry Creek Cabernet with an additional 11% Syrah added to give the wine a jumpy mouth feel.

2007 Fleur de California Pinot Noir Carneros-Los Carneros
Price: $18.99
With an enthusiasm for the red wines of Burgundy and confidence in California's potential for producing world-class wines, Francis & Kathy Mahoney established Fleur de California. The wines are made in a bright, approachable style. Ken Foster serves as winemaker.

2007 Familia Mayol "Lujan de Cuyo" Malbec Mendoza
Price: $18.99
100% Malbec. At Familia Mayol they choose grapes from Luján de Cuyo, the oldest and most traditional wine growing area in Mendoza and the first DOC for Malbec. Steve Clifton of Brewer-Clifton in Santa Barbara, CA is the consulting winemaker.

2006 Vinum Cellars PETS Petit Sirah Clarksburg
Price: $15.99
Vinum Cellars is a collaboration of winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos, who first became friends while they were students at UC Davis. They share a fondness for the more obscure grape varieties. A portion of the profits from the sales of this wine is donated by the winery to the San Francisco SPCA.

2006 Wildhurst Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay Lake County
Price: $15.99
A superior Chardonnay for the price with lots of melon fruit and an elegance that comes from the balance of weight and acidity.

2008 Angeline Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

Price: $16.99

Angeline wines are made in the heart of the Russian River Valley and are part of the Martin Ray brand. Angeline was named American Value Brand of the Year in both 2006 and 2007 by Wine & Spirits magazine.

2006 J. Wilkes Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley
Price: $17.59
Owner Jeff Wilkes worked for 18 years with Bien Nacido Vineyards, so he knows this vineyard inside and out. In 2001, he decided to venture out with the goal of making world class Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc under his own label.

2007 Mahoney Vermentino Las Brisas Vineyard Carneros
Price: $16.99
Mahoney Vineyards is the culmination of 35 years of experience growing and producing wines in the Carneros region spanning the cool southern reaches of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The wine is carefully crafted by Francis and Kathy Mahoney in small quantities from the very best of their 160 acres of estate vineyards.

2007 Tutu Pinot Grigio Napa Valley
Price: $15.99
This is a venture by partners Rob Lawson (winemaker) and Jeff Smith (Hourglass Winery). Production is about 1500 cases. A Pinot Grigio with lots of flavor!

2006 Verdad Rose Grenache Arroyo Grande Valley
Price: $15.99
Verdad's mission is to make small amounts of delicious wines using Spanish grape varietals. This wine is composed of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre.

All available at California Wine Merchants.

1 comment:

  1. i love these kind of lists, keep them coming.