CKMV SS CS 12 Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California
7 California Best Buys to Get Your Weekend
Here’s the only wine-centric shopping list you need.
TGIF, amirite? Before you get home from
the office tonight, swing by your favorite
local wine shop and stock up on one (or all)
of these editor-approved Best Buys from
California. Your night just got better.
Greystone 2013 Chardonnay (California);
$14 — 89 points. This versatile
Chardonnay is nicely balanced between
fresh fruit flavors, crisp acidity and
relatively light body. —J.G
flipflop 2012 Chardonnay (California); $7 — 86 points. Herbal and appley aromas lead to soft apple and
melon flavors in this lively, creamy wine. —J.G.
J. Lohr 2013 Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc (Arroyo Seco); $14 — 90 points. This very approachable
and likable wine is very herb-tinged, yet finds a nice symbiosis with the riper nectarine and melon notes.
Vinum 2013 Chenin Blanc (Clarksburg); $13 — 88 points. Clean, crisp, dry and tangy, think fresh-cut
apples with a whiff of honey, this wine is appealing because of its freshness and acidity.—J.G
CK Mondavi 2012 Wildcreek Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $7 — 86 points. The flavors and
body (smooth, ripe plums with a bit of black olive) are textbook Cabernet Sauvignon, but on the light side.
Perry Creek 2012 ZinMan Zinfandel (El Dorado); $11 — 86 points. This tastes full-bodied and extra ripe,
one of those monster Zins that need wood-fired meat to match its intensity. —J.G.
Ironstone 2012 Petite Sirah (Lodi); $12 — 87 points. A very smooth and easygoing selection from a usually
tannic grape variety. —J.G.
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