By Kori ~ April 22nd, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2007 Owen Roe Sharecropperâ€™s Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Owen Roe, located in St. Paul, Oregon, produces wines from both Oregon and Washington fruit. Owner/winemaker David Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s first vintage of Owen Roe wines was 1999. He sources his fruit from small vineyard sites in Oregon and Washington in an effort to showcase the best expression of each variety. The Sharecropperâ€™s label is a natural fit given his strong relationships with vineyard owners throughout the Pacific Northwest.
â€œThe Sharecropperâ€™s label has been a huge hit and this dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon is a great successor to last yearâ€™s version. This label hearkens to the spirit of the old sharecropping ideal of a partnership between landowners and the laborers who toil producing the crops. With an oversupply of grapes, we decided to put some of our excess first-rate fruit into neutral barrels and essentially split the profits with the vineyards. Most of the fruit for the Cabernet Sauvignon comes to us from Dr. Steve Elerdingâ€™s Six Prong Vineyard in Alderdale, Washington. Plush and forward with fresh berry notes, this wine promises excellent cellaring potential.â€ â€“Owen Roe Winery
2007 Owen Roe Sharecropperâ€™s Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, Washington): Deep red in color. Red and black fruits, smoke, spice, and a hint of black pepper come through on both the nose and palate. Good acidity and vibrancy with firm structure. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $14; Available elsewhere, $15 to $28
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25