Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wine under $10

The wine store I visit often - FineWine.com - sent me an email about 10 wines under $10 so I wanted to post it for all the readers that love wine like me. I haven't had a chance to check any of them out because I just stocked up on wine from a weekend winery trip (I will be posting about that later this week). Also check out my friend Steve's blog - Steve's Tasting Notes - for some other wines under $10.

    This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints. The fruit and tannins are perfectly balanced to give a wine of excellent structure making it ideal for grilled meats, game, pasta or pizza. Only from South America will you find a Cabernet of this quality for this price. The definition of a great value Cabernet.
    - Wine Enthusiast 88 Pts

  • MAN VINTNERS CHENIN BLANC 2008, SOUTH AFRICA $9.99 On Sale - $8.98
    Even better than the delicious 2007 vintage! Tropical fruits, melons, what's not to love? It is a light-hearted and floral wine, with nice melon and kiwi flavors that bounce through the finish. This wine has a unique delicious tangy character that goes well with a lot of food and makes for an excellent aperitif. Tropical fruit, guava and melon aromas, crisp and bold sweet citrus backed by refreshing acidity and minerality characteristic of their coastal vineyards. An excellent wine to go with most poultry, fish and salad dishes. A fabulous aperitif. Serve chilled.
    - Wine Spectator Best Buy

  • BIG RED MONSTER RED WINE N/V, CAL $12.99 On Sale - $9.98
    This luscious red table wine has a relatively high alcohol content - and it gets better from there. Its aroma is mild and fruity, with some spice mixed in. The label recommends that the wine be allowed to breathe for 30 minutes before drinking and we agree that The Big Red Monster needs some air to achieve its potential. Its flavor is fruit forward, with plenty of black cherry and plum and well-structured tannins. This wine falls into the "crowd pleaser" category as well as being very accessible to those who aren't wine snobs. Despite it's higher alcohol content, The Big Red Monster goes down easily, and if you are serving it to guests you'll find yourself refilling their glasses often.

  • TERRAI GARNACHA 2007, SPAIN $11.99 On Sale - $8.98
    This is a delicious wine! Tasting like a village Cotes du Rhone, this purple-hued wine has aromas of kirsch and garrigue, ripe cherry and jammy red currant flavors, and enough structure to last for 3-5 years. This wine deftly reveals both elegance and power that only the Spanards can do with Granacha. This is a delicious Spanish gem at an unbelievable low price. A great value for a top-rated wine.
    - Wine Enthusiast 89 Pts

    CousiƱo's Riesling is fermented to dryness to allow its bright, distinctive fruit to shine through. The succulent flavors begin with melon and citrus fruit and continue with apple, orange peel and a hint of ginger. Rich and well-balanced, this wine pairs well with Asian dishes, white meat, and vegetable curries. All Riesling and no wood, it has subtle floral aromas with nougat back notes. The flavors are crisp, juicy and dry, showing citrus, green apple and tropical fruit notes. The touch of bitterness in the finish is the kind of grace note that says this wine needs food."
    - Wine Review Online 90 Pts

  • DI LENARDO PINOT GRIGIO FRUILI 2007, ITALY $12.99 On Sale - $9.98
    Wow -- our favorite house white wine on sale for under $10. This is an outstanding example of a delicious Italian Pinot Grigio. This dry white from Northern Italy is a very refreshing style of Pinot Grigio. It offers aromas of mineral and citrus fruit, in the mouth it has a hint of spritz to give a squeaky clean finish. Great by itself or with seafood. As good as Pinot Grigio's twice its price.
    - IWC 89 Pts

  • BEAULIEU PICPOUL DE PINET 2007, FRANCE $9.99 On Sale - $8.98
    Always a great value, the new vintage of Beaulieu Picpoul is super fresh and bursting with aromas of exotic lime and citrus. This delicious white wine delivers luscious mouthfuls of round, spicy fruit. According to Robert Parker, this has been a perennial BEST BUY selection from an excellent cooperative in the Languedoc.

    France's answer to Mendoza! Although this wine hails from Malbec's home in Southwest France, noted Cahors producer Georges Vigouroux has made it in a style approaching new world. It was vinified traditionally, with a long fermentation, to aid in tannin extraction. Pleasant berry aromas, full-bodied with ripe tannins and great fruit concentration. This easy-drinking Malbec is great with red meats, grilled chicken.
    - Wine Enthusiast 89 Pts

  • DOM LES ONDINES COTES DU RHONE 2007, FRANCE $11.99 On Sale - $8.98
    Can you believe a delicious Cote Deu Rhone for this price? A youthful, exuberant red wine with lots of red fruit tastes and an extremely smooth feel in your mouth. This is a fun wine for a party or for everyday drinking, and would serve well with hamburgers and barbequed chicken. A Finewine staff bargain pick that we highly recommend!

  • DOM DES TERRISSES GAILLAC BLANC 2007, FRANCE $12.99 On Sale - $9.98
    Deliciously refreshing, dry, white with a twist of honey and apple and peach. Made from two local grapes with Sauvignon Blanc. This is a wonderful flavorful white that bridges Bordeaux Graves and Mediterrean whites. A bit more body than Bordeaux and less weight than the Southern whites. So delicious and wonderful. A great bargain.

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