Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 September 2018

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  • Posted: 9/7/2018
  • Categories: Wine

Great wine is being produced in the Northwest! Though California often receives more than its fair share of attention, Washington is quickly producing outstanding Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Washington vines receive more sun exposure than California vines, which results much bigger and more expressive wines. To introduce you to these fantastic varieties, we’ve chosen four of our favorite Washington wines to celebrate in this month’s Over 90, Under $30!

Charles Smith 2016 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon

Charles Smith

2016 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley, Washington

Retail: $14.99

Cassis, blackberry, pencil lead, and smoke! With all of this complexity for under $30.00, this has quickly become a favorite at Jungle Jim’s!

93 points – Robert Parker

Mercer Estates 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mercer Estates

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Horse Heaven Hill, Washington

Retail: $19.99

Big and bold. Black raspberry and barrel spices are up front. Backed by forest floor and dusty notes. Long smooth finish.

90 points – James Suckling

Intrinsic 2016 Red Blend


2016 Red Blend

Columbia Valley, Washington

Retail: $19.99

Medium bodied blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Very balanced blend that coats the palate with notes of cassis, bluefruit, and a little barnyard funk.

94 points – James Suckling

Kiona 2012 Lemberger


2012 Lemberger

Red Mountain, Washington

Retail: 15.99

An obscure German grape growing in the Red Mountain AVA in Washington? You bet! Lemberger prefers warm areas with ample protection from the wind, making the Red Mountain a great home for this light-skinned grape. Grown here since the 1970s, this grape produces light and refreshing wines that are ripe with sour cherry, elderberry, and dark chocolate flavors.

90 points – Wine Enthusiast

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