Bridlewood Estate, 2011 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon:
Despite the fact that my notes on this wine could describe a Pinot Noir, it does possess varietal definition. The nose calls to mind black cherry and cola, while on the palate it’s more reminiscent of mulberry. Full bodied, silky and balanced, this is an elegant wine from nose to finish. It’s also widely available with 33,200 cases produced, and the best value of the group at just $15.
Brancott Estate, 2014 Flight Song, Marlborough, New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc:
Designed in the vineyard to be lower in alcohol, Brancott’s Flight Song weights in at just 9% alcohol. It’s a bright, fruity wine with pink grapefruit character and crisp acidity, perfect for quaffing by the pool, or served with shellfish. $12.