13 California Value Reds Up to 91 points

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and more from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and beyond, all priced at $40 or less

13 California Value Reds Up to 91 points
J. Lohr farms more than 2,700 acres of Paso Robles vineyards, most planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mar 29, 2021

If you're having trouble finding affordable, high-quality red wines from California, this week's selection is here to help with a baker's dozen of Golden State values priced at $40 or less. There are reds from large producers and boutique operations alike, all using classic Bordeaux grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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