Since the spring of 2020, wine drinkers have been working their way through their wine collections — many of us at a faster pace than anticipated. In fact, wine sales have increased about 24% in the fall of 2020 compared to the same time a year prior. As we work our way through our wine cellars, many of us want to restock our collections with wines that are both budget-conscious and elegant.
Whether you are a wine enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of wine, it shouldn’t have to cost a pretty penny to replace the missing wine and experiment with new ones. That’s why we made this guide of our BEST wines under $50 — so you can try new wines (and restock old favorites) at an affordable price.
2009 Byrd Vineyard Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon
With your first sip, baking spices leap to the front – nutmeg and cardamom. Blackberries, overripe raspberries, and a touch of boysenberry create a core that holds the frame up of this generous and balanced wine. The finish lingers but does not overstay it welcome.
Priced at a wallet-friendly $45, our 2009 Byrd Cabernet Sauvignon is everything you could want in a Cabernet Sauvignon. Subtly sweet with soft tannins and a smooth finish, this wine is the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch beside a cheese plate on a chilly winter evening. Layered and complex, there is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon to celebrate even the most mundane of occasions (like finally making it to Friday!).
Subtle notes of black fruits, cocoa, and vanilla call for rich, creamy, and meaty dishes. Anything from a decadent macaroni and cheese to a tender ribeye would surely take care of any cravings. Whatever you decide to pair it with, this bold and delicious Cabernet is sure to make an elegant addition to any meal — without breaking the bank.
2010 Byrd Vineyard Mendocino Byrdeaux Red Wine
Our Byrdeaux is a delight from the get-go, with alluring black fruit and violets on the nose and palate. The tannins have softened with age, but still provide plenty of grip. Black cherries, tobacco, and coffee linger on the palate in an enticing manner – it’s remarkable how the wine maintains such tension after over a decade since harvest.
Fruit-forward and earthy, our 2010 Byrdeaux highlights notes of intense red and black fruits including blueberries, cherries, and raspberries. Deep red with a smooth finish, its soft tannins complement its acidity and subtle sweetness.
Luscious and herbaceous with notes of tobacco and nutmeg, this earthy wine is best paired with hearty and herby meals. Whether pairing with a herbed cheese board, a braised lamb shoulder, or even chocolate-berry desserts, the wine’s notes of fruit and spice are sure to add something special to your collection — without costing you an arm and a leg,
2010 Byrd Vineyard Mendocino Merlot
On the nose, vanilla and blackberry lead, and the palate follows with berry pie and ripe plum. The mouthfeel is refreshing, gentle even, and the tannins have softened considerably. Enjoy a medium to long finish that is silky.
There is a reason why Merlot is America’s second favorite wine (after Cabernet Sauvignon, of course). Not only does it have soft tannins with a delectable range of fruit, spice, and herb flavors, but it is incredibly versatile. In fact, it would pair wonderfully with anything from chicken to red meat. Merlot is also known to pair beautifully with Italian dishes with succulent tomato sauces, such as lasagna and chicken parmesan.
For these reasons (and because it is an elegant wine at an affordable price), our smooth and sophisticated Byrd Merlot is sure to be the star of any meal.
2010 Byrd Vineyard Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2010 Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon pours an intense ruby – strikingly so. Once tasted, the gripping palate, with loads of raspberries, blackberries, and plums, unveils a powerful frame of cedar, black tea, and candied hibiscus.
Subtly sweet and intensely succulent, our 2010 Byrd Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect way to enjoy vineyard-quality wine from the comfort of your own home. Full-bodied with notes of baking spices, herbs, and black fruits, this wine will transport you to the Mayacamas Range, where you can envision yourself savoring it under the mountain sun — it’s that powerful!
For such a high-quality bold and beautiful wine, it’s price of $45 is unmatched. Enjoy with big, meaty dishes (like beef tenderloin) and indulgently creamy sides (garlic mashed potatoes, anyone?) for the best experience possible. At such a low price, you’ll want to buy two bottles (or more!).
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For over a decade, Byrd Vineyard has been bringing you high-quality and elegant wine — at a price that doesn’t break the bank. For even more convenience, we are now offering delivery straight to your door. Check here to see if we deliver to your state!