Wines of the Week: Under $20 II, 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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Peachy Canyon 2014 Zinfandel
Winery: Peachy Canyon
Grape(s): 98% Zinfandel & 2% Petite Sirah

Region: Paso Robles, Ca
Year: 2014

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

A wealth of blackberries, blueberries, and cherries combine with notes of cedar and brown spice on the nose. Lush dark fruit comes forth on the palate, weaving in allusions of clove, cedar, and anise on the palate. A smooth Zin with plush tannins, pulled pork would make a nice pairing.
Rating: 90

Acacia "Barrel Select" 2014 Chardonnay
Winery: Acacia

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Region: Napa Valley, Ca

Year: 2014

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

A bouquet of apples, pears, buttery oak, and sweet spice greets one on the nose. Rich on the palate with tropical fruit, pear, and golden apple flavors among highlights of buttery oak, clove, and creamy vanilla. Fans of buttery Chardonnays will find a lot to love here.
Rating: 90

OVR Lot 66 Red Blend
Winery: OVR Lot 66

Grape(s): Zinfandel with some Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignane

Region: Ca

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 10-15

An abundance of dark fruit is accented by spicy, smoky, and meaty expressions on the nose. The palate echos the nose as blackberries, cherries, pepper, and bacon come forth. Not for those who prefer light and fruity, but fans of heartier reds should give this a try.
Rating: 90

Dry Creek Vineyards 2015 Heritage Zinfandel
Winery: Dry Creek Vineyards

Grape(s): 99% Zinfandel & 1% Petite Sirah

Region: Dry Creek Valley, Ca

Year: 2015

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

Blackberries, cherries, pepper and clove interplay together on the nose. Lush, jammy fruit, like blackberry, boysenberry, and cherry move into suggestions of pepper, clove, and coffee on the palate. Refined tannins and a balanced acidity make this wine a good match for your favorite BBQ.
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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