#WineWednesday – 3 Wines Under $20

It’s Wine Wednesday and we’re sure you’re thirsty. We wanted to engage your thirst with 3 affordable wines that do the job with finesse and don’t break the bank. As it were, each of these wines lend to the very art of creativity. Just take a look at their names …

 

Blank Canvas | 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price per Bottle: $12-15 (depending on store)

Cabernet Sauvignon
2012

Appellation: California
Grape Sourcing: North Coast, Central Coast
Varietal Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, and 8% blend of other red varietals
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.60
Total Acidity: 5.2 g/L
Tasting Notes: Our Cabernet is deep red with ripe berry and plum aromas, accented by toasty oak and vanilla. On the palate, dark fruit flavors are balanced by silky tannins and a lingering finish.
Recommended Pairings: A memorable pairing with roasted and grilled meats such as leg of lamb, prime rib, or porterhouse steak.

 

2012 Hero Pinot Noir

Retails for $18-22 (average $19)

Héroe is a dedication to the true heroes of the wine industry, our vineyard and production team! Enjoy this Estate Pinot Noir that showcases a nice glance of fruit and earth followed by a smooth finish.

 

Dr. Warren Frankel, his wife Kathy and their three children moved to Paso Robles from the San Fernando Valley in 1979 with a vision for a simpler life. The Frankel family first planted 20 acres of pistachios’ on the ranch, followed by 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After initial success with both plantings, Dr. Frankel expanded the vineyard operation in 1997 with more Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Zinfandel and 10 acres of Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah and Viognier are the most recent additions to the vineyard.

2011 Storyteller Cabernet Sauvignon

Name:  Got Away Sonoma Counte
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Sonoma County
Country: United States
Year: 2011
Price: $15

 

Wine Review: Slight black pepper on nose at first. Smooth light, tight tannins on taste with dark fruits. As it opens up, dark fruits in bouquet at top with slightly acidic/alcohol at bottom aromas. Great wine that pleased everyone for dinner or just because wine. Perfect choice with dinner & parents!!
My Review: This cabernet sauvignon is unlike any other cab I have had.  This was peppery with the distinct deep red aroma.  Storyteller was vastly different on the tongue.  It is less acidic from the lower tannin level.  It still packs the dark red punch of fruit like plums and dark berries.  Pair this with a steak and it is perfect.
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