Wines that deliver for small $$

The world is afloat with cheap wine.  Our task is to find good wine that is well priced.  What is well priced to some is outrageously priced to others.  This blog will focus on wines under $20 that deliver quality.  These wines will come from high volume producers in regions that had good growing seasons.  The focus will be on Cabernet, Chardonnay and a smattering of Syrah.  I do urge Pinot lovers to buy the 2012 / 2013 California Pinot Noirs.  You will find great value in these Pinots and please see my previous blog.

Cabernet

Vina Carmen   Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Alto Gran Reserva 2012

Score: 91      Price $15     Country Chile

A rich, well-spiced red, with luscious flavors of tar, licorice and dark plum, supported by ample acidity and firm tannins. Offers a lip-smacking finish of dark chocolate and pepper. Drink now through 2019. 20,000 cases made.

Cano Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills The Expedition 2013

Score: 89    Release Price $15       Country Washington USA

Supple and expressive, this satin-textured style features pretty raspberry and tea leaf flavors that play against the polished tannins. Drink now through 2018. 20,000 cases made.

Columbia Crest   Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2012

Score: 90   Price $12             Country Washington  USA

Polished, plush and vibrant, with a core of plum and black currant fruit welling up seductively against hints of sweet spices and cream. The finish lingers beautifully. Drink now through 2017. 234,500 cases made.

14 Hands    Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

Score: 88   Release Price $12          Country Washington  USA

Supple, ripe and expressive, with a touch of quinine to the generous plum and currant fruit, lingering deftly. Drink now through 2018. 500,000 cases made.

WATERBROOK   Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley 2013

Score: 88    Release Price $13        Country Washington USA

Chardonnay

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2013

Score: 88  Release Price $11      Country Washington  USA

Fresh, deftly balanced and expressive, with pretty pear, grapefruit and white pepper flavors, finishing soft. Drink now through 2017. 645,200 cases made.

COLUMBIA Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2013

Score: 88  Release Price $14      Country Washington  USA

Fresh and inviting, with juicy flavors of apple, pear and citrus that zing through a long, polished finish. Drink now through 2018. 53,000 cases made.

EDNA VALLEY Chardonnay Central Coast 2013

Score: 88   Release Price $15    Country California USA

Rich and full-bodied, presenting a range of tropical fruit cocktail, pear and melon flavors End a bit simpler. Drink now. 275,000 cases made.

FOUR VINES Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Naked Unoaked 2013

Score: 88  Release Price $12       Country California

this offers a mix of citrus-infused green apple, pineapple and mango notes, presented in a fresh, snappy style, with flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 50,000 cases made.

SMOKING LOON Chardonnay California Steelbird Unoaked 2013

Score: 88  Release Price $9       Country California

A zesty grapefruit edge accents the core of this juicy mix of citrus and green fruits. Refreshing and clean, this ends with a dash of pithy citrus peel. Drink now. 47,000 cases made.

14 HANDS Chardonnay Washington 2013

Score: 87  Release Price $12     Country Washington  USA

Deftly balanced and polished in texture, this fresh and inviting white offers minty accents to its green apple and floral flavors, finishing soft. Drink now. 105,000 cases made

FETZER Chardonnay California Sundial 2013

Score: 87  Release Price $10     Country California

Fresh and vibrant, with spicy citrus, green apple and spice flavors, showing the presence of cedar and dill on the finish. Drink now. 297,318 cases made.

HESS SELECT Chardonnay Monterey County 2013

Score: 87  Release Price $13     Country California

Well done, and even more appealing for the price, this presents a mix of pithy citrus, green apple, melon and spice flavors, ending a bit clipped. Drink now. 325,000 cases made.

Syrah / Shiraz

COLUMBIA CREST Grand Estates Red Blend Columbia Valley 2012

Score: 90  Release Price $12   Country Washington USA

Supple, generous and flavorful, with green olive accents to the ripe blackberry, coffee and spice flavors. Harmonious, finishing seductively. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Merlot and other reds. Drink now through 2017. 15,500 cases made.

GREG NORMAN ESTATES Shiraz Limestone Coast 2012

Score: 90  Release Price $15          Country Australia

Dark and focused, offering blackberry, floral and black tea flavors, with crushed rock aromas informing the firm finish. Best from 2016 through 2020. 20,000 cases imported.

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Syrah Columbia Valley 2012

Score: 89  Release Price $15      Country Washington  USA

Bright and minerally, with a stony note weaving through the red berry and green tea flavors, lingering pleasantly against fine tannins. Drink now through 2018. 27,000 cases made

all wine reviews from Winespectator

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