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Our 90 Points Under $20 wines offer exquisite flavor at an affordable price.

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We search high and low for the best sips at the best price points and for over 10 years have brought our guests a treasure trove of highly rated wines at great values. These wines are under $20 but offer the coveted characteristics of a high-quality bottle. Each one is rated at 90 points or higher by trusted sources, including Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and James Suckling.

We love finding new and unusual selections—especially when we can offer a vintage that’s exclusive to The Fresh Market. Keep reading to learn more about our latest 90 Points Under $20 picks, then grab a glass and try some for yourself!

Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel and Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel This delicious, perfectly-balanced Zinfandel is complex with bright acidity and smooth tannins. Savor enticing aromas of black cherry, boysenberry and plum with a touch of toast and white pepper. On the palate, flavors of black raspberry and dark chocolate mingle harmoniously.

Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Deep, dark purple in hue, this Cabernet Sauvignon starts with earthy aromas that lead to ripe, jammy flavors of black plum, caramelized oak, mocha and baking spice. The plush mouthfeel is framed by a fruit-focused finish that’s long and graceful.

Michael David Freakshow Red Blend and Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

Michael David Freakshow Red Blend One of Michael David’s most sought-after wines, this brut of Lodi Syrah and Petite Sirah is deeply hued and undoubtedly delicious. French-oak-influenced aromas fill the glass, along with a hint of toasted hazelnut and blackberry. On the palate, ripe Mission figs, clove and cinnamon dance.

Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon This “New World” style Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Columbia Valley in Washington. Aromas of black cherry mingle with dark fruit flavors, followed by just the right amount of spice and silky-smooth tannins. A splash of Syrah (12%, to be exact) adds richness and concentration.

Steele Cabernet Franc and Writers Block Pinot Noir

Steele Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc grows surprisingly well in Lake County, California thanks to higher elevation and slightly cooler temperatures. This wine boasts aromas of cassis and raspberry with undertones of pepper. It’s aged for 14 months in oak barrels, and each sip sings with berries, coffee, cocoa and a lingering finish.

Writers Block Pinot Noir Another Lake County, California favorite, this Pinot Noir is complex, bright and aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Aromas of dark cherries and ripe raspberries finish with sweet notes of brown sugar. Each sip has rich depth, character and balanced acidity, with a soft vanilla-tinged finish.

The Crusher Pinot Noir and Matua Sauvignon Blanc

The Crusher Pinot Noir Affectionately named for the first moments in the winemaking process when grapes begin their transformation, “The Crusher” boasts aromas of dark cherry, cranberry and a hint of violet. Lightly toasted vanilla touches the palate—a result of one year of French oak aging.

Matua Sauvignon Blanc Matua produced New Zealand’s very first Sauvignon Blanc in 1974. Succulent nectarine and peach flavors are complemented by notes of mango, key lime and ruby red grapefruit. This wine is crisp and fresh on the palate with a long, expressive finish.

Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc and Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc This Napa Valley wine displays fresh aromas of grapefruit, lime and jasmine. A crisp, delicious first sip leads to a bright mid-palate showcasing flavors of guava, citrus, mango and grapefruit. It’s lively, with good acidity and structure and a clean, refreshing finish.

Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay Soft and alluring, this Russian River Valley Chardonnay offers a complex array of fruits, including apple, pear and nectarine. Fruit flavors and aromas are balanced by toasted oak, vanilla and a hint of creme brulee with an elegant, creamy finish.