By Kori ~ November 28th, 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 Milbrandt Traditions 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 <=$20
- Must be widely available
Brothers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vines in Washingtonâ€™s Columbia Valley and Wahluke Slope in 1997. Today, Milbrandt Vineyards is comprised of 2,000 acres of estate vineyards. After selling their grapes to wineries throughout Washington for years, the Milbrandts launched their own winery in 2005. Joshua Maloney, who previously worked for wineries in California and then as Chateau Ste. Michelleâ€™s red winemaker, joined Milbrandt Vineyards as Director of Winemaking in 2011. The Milbrandt Vineyards tasting room is located in Prosser, Washington.
â€œOur Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, harmonious and complex with flavors of black cherry, plum, cassis, coffee mocha, and a touch of mint.â€ â€“Winemaker Joshua Maloney
2010 Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, Washington): 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and 5% Syrah. Deep, dark red in color. Aromatic with black cherry, black plum, and oak on the nose. More black fruit as well as chocolate and cinnamon come through on the palate. Full-bodied with lively acidity and medium to high, smooth tannins. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Total Wine & More (Bellevue, Washington), $10.99; Available elsewhere, $11 to $16
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