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Nov 1, 2012

Sunset Magazines Gold Medalist Wines for $15 or Less




 Sunset Magazine just had their International Wine Competition.  Check out their website for all the winners of the competition, there are tons of affordable wines to try.  You can download the booklet here.  

Here are the eight Gold Medalist that are all under $15.

  • Bogle 2010 Petite Sirah (California; $11). Spot-on, with brassy blueberries and blackberries, spice, and substantial tannins.

  • Chalone 2010 Chardonnay (Monterey County; $13). This has it all: ideally ripe apple, citrus, and green melon; a streak of minerality; and a hint of caramel.

  • Fog Head 2010 Highland Series Reserve Chardonnay(Monterey; $15). Tropical fruit and a touch of lemon oil give this bright wine lots of personality with a crispy side.

  • Four Vines 2010 “Naked” Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County; $12). A basketful of fresh peaches, with a touch of butteriness and keen balance.

  • Hahn 2010 “GSM” Grenache 62%, Syrah 34%, Mourvèdre 4% (Central Coast; $14). Juicy cherry flavors, pepper and spice notes, and solid structure.

  • J. Lohr 2010 “South Ridge” Syrah (Paso Robles; $15). Supple and long; juicy boysenberries and cassis kissed by chocolate and vanilla.

  • Milbrandt 2011 “Traditions” Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley; $13). Pretty white-blossom nose with pear, stone fruit, and citrus.

  • Wente 2010 “Southern Hills” Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay; $15). Effusive cassis aromas, blackberry and blueberry flavors, and a velvety mouth-feel.
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