River Road to Quality/Value

Got to love it when you discover a label that delivers quality and value across a range of varietals. So it is with River Road Family Vineyards and Winery:

2019 River Road Unoaked Chardonnay–ripe apple and pear flavors stand alone–without the influence of oak. 14.00

2018 River Road Reserve Chardonnay–creamy, full-bodied Russian River Valley juice. Long refreshing finish. 18.00

2017 Stephanie’s Cuvee Pinot Noir–refined and layered flavors/aromas of dark cherry. Subtle and lingering Russian River Valley fruit. 30.00

2018 River Road Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon–Alexander Valley grapes deliver dark fruit and spice. Sustained finish. 25.00

River Road Un-Unoaked Chardonnay and River Road Reserve Chardonnay

River Road Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon & River Road Stepanie’s Cuvee Pinot Noir

The Federalist Twins

The Federalist 2018 Chardonnay and The Federalist 2017 BourbonBarrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon are labels from legendary Terlato Wines International.

The Federalist Chardonnay is 100% Mendocino County fruit. Rich and full bodied, the juice got lots of nice oak exposure resulting in a vibrant chardonnay with depth from start to finish. 23.00

The Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Lodi fruit that got six months in bourbon barrels. Big, (15% abv) juicy, and full-bodied, The Fed Cab is loaded with flavor but smooth as silk. 25.00

The Federalist 2018 Chardonnay and The Federalist 2017 BourbonBarrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

Keep Bread & Butter on Hand

Bread & Butter is one of those labels that’s easy to overlook–but that would be a mistake. While Bread & Butter may not have a fancy look–and the price looks a little too good to be be true–there is definitely real quality and value in these wines:

Bread & Butter 2018 Chardonnay: creamy vanilla with enough tang for nice balance. A deal at $16.00.

Bread & Butter 2018 Pinot Noir: juicy cherry and raspberry notes–smooth on the back side. Great Pinot drinking for under twenty bucks. 16.00

Bread & Butter 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon: chocolate all over the place, along with dark fruit and spice. Lush and lovely. 16.00

2018 Bread & Butter Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon