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90+ point rated wines under $20

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Usually some blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, sometimes with a little Cinsault, Counnoise or Petite Sirah thrown in. The New World versions are all modeled in some form from the original Rhone versions of Chateaneuf-du-Pape and Cotes-du-Rhones. The Aussies call their versions GSM's, the Americans Rhone-style blends. The Grenache adds lift and ripeness to the blend, the Syrah, depth, dark fruits and the ability to age a bit, the Mourvedre earth, meatiness and spice. These are my favorite everyday wines because they're generally made to drink right away and the blending of the grapes makes interesting wines for the price. The Cotes-du-Rhones are the least expensive versions ($10-$20) with the New World versions usually in the $20-$40 range. The queen bee of the blend is the CDPs whose prices begin in the 30s and move up quickly from there. Since they come from France, Chateauneufs have good and bad vintages so be cautious when purchasing a bottle. The good years don't come cheap.

spacer.gif2009 Schild Estate Old Vines GMS, Barossa Valley, AustraliaRATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Franschoek, South AfricaRATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Domaine de la Garrigue Cuvée Romaine, Cotes du Rhone, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Adelaida Cellars Version Red, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2007 Bodegas Luzon Finca de Luzon, Jumilla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Domaine l'Hortus de Bergerie Classique, Languedoc, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Kaena Wine Company Hale, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Ch. Mas Neuf Compostelle, Costieres de Nimes, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 VINTJS Red Wine, Napa Valley, CARATING: *
spacer.gif2006 Chateau Mourgues du Gres Terre d'Argence, Costieres-de-Nimes, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Croad Vineyards Towhenua, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Dark Star Cellars Soft Shoulder, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Domaine Daniel et Denis Alary La Gerbaude, Cotes-du-Rhone, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Domaine de La Mordoree, Cotes-du-Rhone, FranceRATING: *
spacer.gif2006 Domaine de la Janesse, Cotes-du-Rhone, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Edward Sellers Vertigo, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Halter Ranch Pioneer House Red, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Mas Foulaquier l'Orphee Pic Saint-Loup, Languedoc, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's, Monterey, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Tercero Wines Cuvée Christie, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Terry Hoage Vineyards 5 Blocks Cuvée, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Terry Hoage Vineyards "The 46" Grenache-Syrah, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Vines on the Marycrest Heart of Glass, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Vines on the Marycrest Round Midnight, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Adelaida Schoolhouse Crush, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Alexander Valley Vineyards Alluvia, Sonoma, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Anglim Winery Best Barrel Blend, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Domaine Andre Brunel Cuvée Sommelongue,
Cotes-du-Rhone, France
spacer.gif2005 Calcareous Vineyards Tres Violet, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Cass Vineyards Rockin' One, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Denner Vineyards "Ditch Digger", Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Domaine des Tours Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Rhone Valley, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Edward Sellers Le Thief, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Halter Ranch Vineyard GSM, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Mas de Guiot Grenache-Syrah, Vin de Pays du Gard, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Opine Cellars "The Offering", Central Coast, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvee, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Cass Vineyards Rockin One, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2004 Edward Sellers Cuvée des Cinqs, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2004 Mas Carlot Les Enfants Terribles, Costières de Nimes, FranceRATING: *
spacer.gif2003 Beckmen Vineyards Purisma, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Cass Vineyards Rockin One, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2002 Linne Calodo Cellars "Rising Tides", Paso Robles, CARATING: ***

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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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