Wine Spectator – 89 Points
Full and fruity! Loads of dark berries, ripe cherries and currant on the nose. Juicy, round mouthfeel and not dry on the finish. Tasted great on its own… I think the 4 years in the bottle paid off! My only gripe would be that the finish wasn’t big enough, this isn’t a bottle for those who usually enjoy a huge Napa cab. If cabernet is usually too “strong” for you to handle, I’d try this one – its as easy drinking as a merlot!
Price = $11
Score = Triple
I wanted to love this wine. OK, maybe because of the pretty rose label. I am also a big fan of the grenache grape. I relate the word with chocolate ganache- yum. Back to the tasting. Definite scent of berries and prune. The wine smelled bigger than it actually was… the finish died pretty quickly. Also, I feel that the alcohol overpowered the fruit. An OK effort but I was not too impressed, would still like to try the Tienen Duende Verdejo but that’s for another day!
Price = $10
Score = Single
Are you a fan of fruit forward, spicy wine? Do you love a jammy Napa Zinfandel? Be sure to try this wine! This delicious Tempranillo smells like blackberries and smoke with a hint of clove. It is a smooth, medium bodied wine that is good on its own but has a slightly dry finish so it would be perfect with some tapas – think chorizo, bacon wrapped dates or manchengo cheese.
Price = $10
Score = Triple
I am a wine enthusiast who believes that wine can be enjoyed at any budget. Every year, Wine Spectator publishes a list of their 500 top wines under $20. As much as I would love to try all 500, there are a few reasons I have decided not to… my wallet, waistline and liver will thank me later!
Here are my guidelines:
1. Wines will be between $10-15.
2. I will only be trying red wines for now, and may start to mix in white wine closer to the summer.
3. I will not taste wines from the most well known producers. The reason being that I likely tried them already.
4. I will not taste the wines with food. If I am curious about how a wine would pair with an aged Vermont cheddar, I may take out some cheese and try the combination but will also be sure to include notes for the wine by itself.
5. I trust my friends’ opinions. If you have a favorite value wine, or if there is a wine you would like for me to try, email me and I’d be happy to add it to my list!
An important note: Everyone’s palate is different! Some people love oak, some hate it. Some people love a big Cabernet, and others enjoy a light Pinot Noir. Or if you’re like me, you love them all! A wine that stands out to me is a wine that is unique, has flavors that stand out and is delicious on its own.
Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!