By Kori ~ September 27th, 2012.
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 2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack Red Wine 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 <=$20
- Must be widely available
Saviah Cellars is a family-owned winery located south of downtown Walla Walla, Washington, near the Oregon state line in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Owner/winemaker Richard Funk and his wife Anita, both natives of Montana, moved to Walla Walla in 1991. Rich became acquainted with a number of the area wineries while working as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Walla Walla County Health Department. Through his work at the Health Department on water quality and wastewater issues, he got a firsthand look at the vineyards in the area and developed a relationship with a number of local winemakers who helped him get his start in the industry. Saviah Cellars was founded in 2000 and currently produces about 9,500 cases per year. The name Saviah is a family name from Anitaâ€™s great-grandmother. Saviah Cellars consistently produces high-quality wines. The Jack is a value line in the Saviah portfolio produced with declassified fruit.
â€œFor a great wine at a winning price, The Jack is your best bet. This wine has appealing aromas of black cherries, raspberries, plum and spices with a touch of oak. The Jack is a friendly wine offering a mouthful of juicy fruit flavors that are complemented by fine tannins and a long, smooth finish.â€ â€“Owner/winemaker Rich Funk
2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack Red Wine (Columbia Valley, Washington): 88% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby red in color. Aromatic with cherry, blackberry, plum, oak, and cinnamon stick on both the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity, medium tannins, and a medium to long finish. Needs some time to breathe, gets better after the bottle has been open for a while.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $14.99; Available elsewhere, $13 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25