Spiral Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon-$4.99 at Trader Joe's. Easy to drink cab with some blackberry. A bit simple but very cheap and really not bad. You might like it for the price. Very mild recommendation, but don’t expect miracles.
3 Girls 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon-Regularly $12.99 on sale at Cost Plus for $6.99. This was given 94 points by somebody and a gold medal at the California State Fair and was also recommended by a staff person in the wine section at Cost Plus. It is easy enough to drink but basically a one dimensional “fruit bomb.” I don’t know how it scored so high. You might like it, but I didn’t. Not recommended by me, but maybe I’m missing something.
Maxwell Creek 2010 Sauvignon Blanc-$12.99 on sale at Safeway for $9.49. Slight nose of grapefruit with melon and grapefruit on the palate. Dry but balanced. Okay finish. At less than $10 on sale, it is a bargain. Mildly ecommended at this price level.
Marietta “Old Vine Red Lot #51” Red Blend-$9.99 at Cost Plus minus a 20% sale. This has been described as a “killer zin” and Robert Parker is quoted as calling this, “One of California’s Iconic value Wines.” Despite this and a recommendation by staff at Cost Plus, to me it was a total “fruit bomb” with too much sweetness and no complexity or balance. I did not like it at all and couldn’t finish it, which is very unusual. (And I didn’t even save the rest for cooking.) I can’t recommend it. I could be terribly wrong, or maybe a gremlin got into the bottle. If you like one-dimensional over ripe fruit with nothing else, maybe you will like it. Pass.