Chime Willamette Valley and Erath Pinot Noirs

Chime Willamette Valley and Erath Pinot Noirs

Chime Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, 2007 Price: Retails for around $13.00 Impressions: Bing cherries, followed by a trace of tea leaves and tart strawberries in the mouth. This pinot is silky smooth and well balanced. A really nice wine at a fantastic price. Score: 18/20 Erath Pinot Noir, Oregon, 2009 Price: Retails for $19.00, although […]

Blind Tasteapalooza #1 Cabs and Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs

Blind Tasteapalooza #1 Cabs and Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs

$20 Below Wines Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs (New Mexico) Price: Suggested retail is $14.00 (I’ve seen this one for $11.00-13.00) Impressions: Attractive golden color with yeast, pear, and apricot on the nose. Light to medium-bodied with a shade of sweetness and a steady, lingering finish. An absolute killer deal at this price. Score: 19/20 Rodney […]

California Cabs

Blind Tasteapalooza #1- California Cabs

I would like to think that I’ve flushed out all of the fallacious assumptions and the resulting prejudice that can go in to evaluating wine from my system. Some of the more dangerous assumptions are as follows: The more a wine costs, the better it is. WRONG! If there’s a screw-cap on the bottle, the […]

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cab and Creme de Lys Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cab and Creme de Lys Chardonnay

$20 Below Wines Price: Suggested retail is $11.00 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2010 Impressions: Dusty earth was the first thing that hit me, followed by cherries and bell pepper. Medium bodied. Little to no finish on this one. Score: 12/20 Price: Retails for around $9.00 Creme de Lys Chardonnay, California, 2010 Impressions: […]

Sonoma - Zinfandel

All I am Saying is Give Zin a Chance

It was no coincidence that the first featured $20 Below wines were Zinfandels. Zins represent some of the best value wines that can be found for under $20. Also, the versatility of zin is astonishing. Wines can range from intensely fruity to subtle and food-friendly to rustic, earthy, and spicy. Zin is truly an underdog varietal. Reds such […]

Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Cab and Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling

Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Cab and Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling

$20 Below Wines Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, 2009 Price: Suggested retail is $15.00 (although I’ve often seen this wine on sale from $11.00 – $13.00) Impressions: Aroma of black currant, with a bit of smoke and pencil shavings. Blackberry and oak is plentiful in the mouth. Drinks like a cab 2x to 3x the […]