Value Vino

2014 Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz, South Australia

Opaque crimson/purple in the glass. Aromas of eucalyptus-tinged red and black berry fruits follow through on the palate. It is medium in body, with moderate, fine-grained tannins that give it a sleek mouthfeel. Over several hours, it kept improving in the glass, picking up blueberry fruit. This is an excellent everyday red, easy to drink on its own or pair it with summer barbecue fare.
MSRP: $12.99 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89

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2015 Dry Creek Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

Pale straw in color. One of the least known wine appellations in California is Clarksburg, located on the rich delta soil south of Sacramento. Here, mild winters and balmy summers allow Chenin Blanc to ripen to perfection. This white varietal has a reputation for making world-class bottlings in the Loire region of France, but I prefer the forward, fruit-laden style seen in this rendition. Aromas and flavors of white pear, tropical fruits, mint-tinged peach, and tangerine delight the senses. This medium-bodied wine is quite versatile, great as a welcoming wine at a soiree or a pool party, but equally at home paired with white meat entrees, fruit-and-cheese platters, or Asian salads. At $13, it is a Value Vino and a great wine to buy by the case for the warm months ahead.
MSRP: $13 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89

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2015 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc, East Side Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley

The pale straw color belies the sweet fruit aromas and flavors of this 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Those who favor dry, herbal, citric renditions of Sauvignon Blanc will scratch their heads at this wine – but will still gulp it down. Made in an off-dry style, it offers up a mélange of exotic ripe aromas and flavors, including sweet honeydew, banana, pear, and a kiss of wintergreen. With time in the glass, a more traditional herbal note emerges. The sweet fruit lingers at the finish. A Value Vino, sure to please a crowd.
MSRP: $15 (March 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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2013 Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino

At first pour, the wine shows a nearly opaque reddish-purple hue that lightens towards the rim. Fresh black raspberries and other red fruits burst from the glass, followed by baking spices and a dash of white pepper. The label indicates 15.5% alcohol, but the sleek mouthfeel seems more medium in body, and there isn’t significant heat. A delightful sipper, this red harkens back to the early years of the winery, when fruit-forward Zins like this help put the Edmeades Winery in the top tier of California Zinfandels. Current winemaker Ben Salazar continues the tradition of this celebrated winery. And, at this price, it is in a class by itself.
MSRP: $20 (March 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc ‘The Fume,’ North Coast

A brilliant straw hue, this white offers up cream-tinged aromas of pear, apple, lime, and notes of tropical fruit. It’s medium-full in the mouth, showing juicy, fleshy fruit. That juiciness follows through to the finish and invites the next sip – and the next. Forget Sauvignon Blancs that are overly herbal and/or green and vegetal. This is a California fruit bomb, perfect for sipping on its own. It will also pair well with simple white fish entrees like tilapia or trout. Value Vino.
MSRP: $14 (March 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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2014 Murphy-Goode Pinot Grigio, California

In the glass, it is a pale straw color, with some effervescence present. The pretty nose delivers plenty of sweet white flowers, honeysuckle, apple, pear, orange, and tropical fruits. This cornucopia of aromatics likely comes from the addition of a few percent each of Viognier, Semillon, Marsanne, and Roussanne. It has a medium body, with a glycerine oiliness reminiscent of Viognier. Whether served at lunch, on a picnic, or as a poolside sipper, this white is sure to please. Value Vino.
MSRP: $12.50 (March 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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2015 Wakefield Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia

This is that most rare of wines: a Wine Lines Featured Wine (meaning it has earned a score of at least 90 points on our 100-point grading scale) and a Wine Lines Value Vino (meaning it has earned a score of at least 88 points and is priced at $20 or lower). You may want to buy it by the case after experiencing its apple blossom, sweet orange, honey and warm tropical fruit notes. It’s quite juicy in the mouth, where a tart apple flavor is joined by a hint of spearmint. Pair it with shellfish or schnitzel, or simply savor it solo with a good book and a warm fireplace.

MSRP: $16.99 (February 2016)

Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 Wakefield ‘Promised Land Unwooded’ Chardonnay, South Australia

Ever been to apple country during the harvest season? If so, you’ll never forget the sweet perfumed aroma in the air. This wine’s nose replicates that experience. In the mouth, a bit of slatiness and lemon zest lead to a sun-drenched apple quality in the finish. Pour this wine alongside a pork chop and a cup of applesauce, and it’ll be the apple of your eye.

MSRP: $12.99 (February 2016)

Wine Lines rating: 89

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2015 Wakefield ‘Promised Land Unwooded’ Chardonnay, South Australia

When some wine drinkers hear the term “unwood,” they fear the acidity of the wine may be through the roof. That is true in some cases — but not this one. The wine is medium in body, exhibiting apple-marshmallow and citrus notes. A beautiful aperitif wine, and an outstanding value.

MSRP: $12.99 (February 2016)

Wine Lines rating: 88

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2015 Wakefield Chardonnay, Clare Valley, Australia

This full-bodied wine offers a pure expression of fruit flavors — spiced apple, passion fruit and a hint of peach — joined by a note of cashew. Perfect for sipping before grilling the shrimp on the barbie, and priced so you can plan a lot of barbecues.

MSRP: $16.99 (February 2016)

Wine Lines rating: 89

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