Wines Under $20

Wines under $20

Jul 082014
 
Villicana Winery Vin Rosé 2013, Liquid Hope, Paso Robles, CA, $18 (S) – Rating 90

Villicana Winery Vin  Rosé 2013A rosé blend of 52% Syrah, 36% Grenache and 12% Mourvèdre made in honor of wine club members who have faced or currently facing a cancer diagnosis. $1 of each bottle is donated to help those currently battling cancer.  Aromas of red cherry, strawberry and raspberry with hints of minerality. Medium-bodied with bright acidity offering flavors of ripe strawberry, ripe raspberry, rhubarb and pie spice. Spicy cherry in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 072014
 
Van Duzer Pinot Gris 2013, Williamette Valley, OR, $18 (S) – Rating 91

Van Duzer Pinot Gris 2013Stainless steel fermented and sur lie aged creates a round mouth-feel complimented by juicy acidity and a hint of creaminess. A touch of sweetness balances the acidity. A bouquet of citrus, tropicals and a hint of pie crust. Flavors of citrus, tropicals,white peach and honeycomb. White peach, minerality and spice in the long finish. Perfect with lighter summer fare or simply enjoy with a view. Buy This Wine

 

Jul 042014
 
J Vineyards Vin Gris 2013, Russian River Valley, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 90

J Vineyards Vin Gris 2013A lovely shade of salmon color with aromas of strawberry, bright cherry, raspberry and plenty of spice. A lush mouth-feel with crisp acidity offering flavors of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, red fruit and rhubarb combined with a long spicy finish. Enjoy solo or paired with light summer fare or grilled salmon Buy This Wine

 

Jun 032014
 
Wente Chardonnay 2012 Morning FogWente Chardonnay 2012 Morning Fog, Estate Grown, Livermore Valley, CA, $15 (S) – Rating 90

Balanced winemaking with 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral oak. A very soft mouth-feel with balanced acidity.  A nose of green apple, citrus and notes of honey. Flavors of ripe red apple, pear and citrus with hints of honeycomb, cinnamon spice, vanilla and yeasty pie crust. Buy This Wine

 

 

Apr 222014
 
belle glos pinot noir blancBelle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc 2012, Brugioni Vineyard, Sonoma County, CA, $18 – Rating 92

A truly manly rosé with body and depth highlighted by a deeper salmon color that most rosés. Rich aromas of strawberry, red cherry and spice. A round mouth-feel with solid food pairing acidity. A real depth of integrated flavors including red cherry, strawberry, minerality, spice and white pepper. A long finish of ripe strawberry with hints of watermelon. Buy This Wine

Apr 212014
 
Dancing Coyote RoseDancing Coyote Rosé 2012, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Clarksburg, CA, $12 (S) – Rating 88

A soft mouth-feel with equally soft acidity. The nose is bouquet of strawberry, raspberry and spice accented with floral notes. Somewhat off-dry on the palate with sweet notes of strawberry, raspberry and bright cherry. A bit of sweet cherry on the finish. No oak or malolactic fermentation. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
 
Giordano Pinot GrigioGiordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012, Sicily Collection, Sicily, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 88

From a small vineyard on Sicily, this Pinot Grigio – Grecanico blend is produced in a softer creamier style than many mouth-puckering Pinot Grigios. A gentle nose of citrus, pineapple and melon. Light-bodied with soft acidity, offering flavors of pineapple creme, lemon and green apple with a bit of minerality in the finish. Think summertime with friends. Will pair well with lighter summer and picnic fare. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
 
Giordano WineGiordano Primitivo di Manduria d.o.c. 2011, Giordano Collection, Apulia, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 89

Aged 50% in 2 -3 year old oak barrels and 50% in underground oak casks from low yield vines in southern Italy near the Adriatic Sea. This rich and jammy brother to Zinfandel, sports aromas of dark cherry, plum, ripe raspberry and a touch of saddle leather. Balanced tannins and acidity are highlighted with flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla, tobacco box, cassis, pepper and spice. A nice compliment of campfire smoke in the finish. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
 
Giordano SoaveGiordano Soave d.o.c. 2012, Verona, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 91

Known a s an excellent and versatile food-pairing wine. Soave can be paired with anything from cured charcutière meats to hearty seafood. The 2012 offering from Giordano opens with aromas of green apple with notes of baking spice. A light to medium bodied with creamy mouth-feel and balanced acidity. Flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon with hints of minerality and a touch of apricot on the finish. Buy This Wine

Apr 032014
 
Giordano WineGiordano Barbera d’Asti d.o.c.g. 2010, Piemonte Collection, Piedmont, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 90

Update from our March 2013 Review.

This wine has matured nicely with another year in the bottle. It still needs a bit of time to open but only about 20 minutes for full effect. Aged in Slovenian oak barrels, the wine offers a rich nose of floral notes, dark cherry and a hint of spice and smoke. Medium-bodied with good food pairing acidity and balanced tannins. Well integrated flavors of dark cherry, plum and spice with a touch of chocolate. Earthy notes of forest floor make for an intriguing finish. Buy This Wine.