Wines of the Week: Under $20, 90 Points

Once again, we continue our series focusing on high quality wines, with wide distribution, that can be found for $20 or less. So add them to your shopping list, scoff at those more expensive bottles, and enjoy quality, even on a budget. Happy drinking!

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Kenwood 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Kenwood
Grape(s): 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc

Region: Sonoma ounty, Ca
Year: 2013

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a

Currants and blackberries meld with suggestions of cedar, anise, and cocoa on the nose. The palate delivers nice dark fruit that plays among highlights of toasty vanilla, anise, and minerals. Good structure and balance of flavors make it hard to beat for the price.
Rating: 90

Z. Alexander Brown "UnCaged" 2014 Red Blend
Winery: Z. Alexander Brown
Grape(s): Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Malbec & Cabernet

Region: North Coast, Ca

Year: 2014

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 15-20

The nose offers aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and cherries that combine with allusions of dark chocolate and anise. Lush dark fruit is carried by polished tannins and accents of clove and chocolate on the palate. Rich, dark, and supple, it's a nice wine for the price.
Rating: 90

Kunde 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Winery: Kunde 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Sonoma Valley, Ca

Year: 2015

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a

A bouquet of melons, peaches, citrus fruits, and honey rises up from a glass. The palate exhibits peach, passion fruit, and honeydew flavors that are rounded out by hints of herbs. There's enough acidity to keep it lively and enough body to keep it compelling. Spot on for the price.
Rating: 90

Decoy 2016 Rose
Winery: Decoy 2016 Rose
Grape(s): Pinot Noir & Syrah

Region: California

Year: 2016

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a

Raspberries and cranberries play nicely with some tropical fruit and floral notes on the nose. A fresh acidity perks up a palate that weaves together red berries and tart passion fruit with violets and orange peal. This Rose has a little extra brightness that sets it above many, which can be a bit bland. Enjoy with sunshine and turkey sandwich picnic.
Rating: 90

By Jason Barlow

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Ratings Key:
96 — 100
92 — 95
89 — 91
85 — 88
81 — 84

*Wines rated with a "+" need a bit more time to reach peak quality
but will do so over the coming years


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