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12 Diverse California Values for $25 or Less

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and more from Sonoma, Mendocino and beyond, up to 91 points

Aug 23, 2021

When it comes to wine, it can be challenging to find a reliable favorite, especially one that doubles as a crowd-pleaser. But the Golden State wines in this week’s selection offer many impressive options, and show that you don’t have to break the bank when choosing go-to sips.



Chardonnay Carneros 2020

Score: 89 | $18

WS review: Crisp, with accents of lemon zest to the fresh-cut apple and green pear flavors. Shows lemongrass and scallion accents on the finish, with ripe hints. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.—K.M.

12 Diverse California Values for $25 or Less