Wines Under $20

Wines under $20

Jun 192012
2011 Clif Family Winery The Climber Sauvignon Blanc, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 88

Get that patio party started with this easy drinking 100% SB. The glass will offer a nose of tropical citrus with notes of grapefruit and grass. Juicy flavors of pineapple, green apple and Meyer lemon, with a hint of honeycomb, balanced with touch of acidity on the palate. A patio party pleaser for sure. Buy This Wine

Jun 032012
2011 Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 92

A favorite in the naked/unoaked Chardonnay genre. Opens with a clean nose of ripe pineapple and floral notes. The palate is presented with flavors of ripe pineapple, citrus, red apple, floral notes and a hint of minerality. The just right level of zippy acidity makes this a wine to enjoy on its own or pairing with lighter dishes. Buy This Wine

May 162012
2010 Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir, Mendocino, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 89

An excellent value Pinot Noir made with certified organic grapes. The nose offers up aromas of strawberry, rhubarb and spice. The taste is one of spicy dark cherry pie, cinnamon, baking spice, plum, briar and minerality giving way to a nice long finish. Buy this wine

May 162012
2009 Firesteed Riesling, Oregon, $15 (S) – Rating 90

A rich nose of lemon custard is followed by a palate full of ripe pineapple, citrus and minerality. Notes of lemon cream pie and bright acidity are balanced by a touch of residual sugar creating round mouth-feel. Paired beautifully with spicy Thai food.

May 162012
2009 Firesteed Pinot Gris, Oregon, $14 (S) – Rating 4.1

A very enjoyable Pinot Gris with a soft round mouth-feel and about as full-bodied as a Pinot Gris can be. A rich nose of Meyer lemon, melon and a hint of honeycomb. Flavors of citrus cream, cantaloupe, Meyer lemon and wet stone are complimented by mild yet present acidity and a note of sweetness.