For under $50, these are the wines I will drink time and again, happily. These are guaranteed excellence in a bottle.

Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $49.99
One of my favorite reds. Found this one because my friend brought it to dinner. Having since visited the winery, I am a huge Turnbull fan.
This, as well as the cheaper "Cotes Du Rhone" from 2005 are superbly tasty wines, fruity, and so fragrant, while retaining power through every sip. TOP OF THE LINE - but totally affordable.
Perhaps my favorite Pinot Noir to date. That said, having recently visited their winery, I am not a big fan of their other Pinot Noirs from Robert Thomas and Nicole's Vineyard (single vineyard). Call me silly, but I like their regular pinot much more.I despised all of their whites, including the bubblies. But this Pinot Noir still strikes my fancy each time!
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $59.99
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OK, so on wine.com - it's 2 bucks over $50. That's not the price I get this wine at, so I'm including it on my $50 or less list. Old faithful, always good, and really easily likeable by all. There is nothing to fault about this wine - and that is also why it's not my MOST favorite. While truly good wine, it doesn't stand out like some others. I like it, but I don't quite LOVE it. I do, however, favor JP's Insignia.
Ferrari-Carano Siena 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $22.99
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"When in Doubt"This is always a good Chianti to buy. It's always good to have a few bottles in the cellar because it's ALWAYS good. I suspect, within 3-4 years, it will be even greater. The only problem is that I go through these bottles entirely too quickly to age them! Deep and strong red - loads of flavor and kick.
Antinori Villa Toscana 2003
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $21.99
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With this wine - at this price, with the taste this bottle packs - you simply cannot go wrong. Ultimate "everyday, all occasions" type of wine. I'd pair it like I would a Chianti.

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