Cheap Red Wine for Holiday Parties

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2009 Paso a Paso Tempranillo La Mancha 14% $8

Bold, Brash and Loud: Is that How You Roll?

Lots of sweet, caramel and mocha accented fruit aromas on the nose here. There are nice cinnamon and plum aromas as well, but this smells like candy. Smooth and rich at first, the tannins, small but sharp, poke through the fairly intense and extracted fruit on the palate. This is big and rich but a bit unbalanced, with all this extraction and wood tannin layered upon each other. There’s some nice fruit here, a good bit of earthiness accenting it all, but it gets a toasty oak beat down on the finish. Air helps to soften this but it’s still tough going unless you love oak. 85pts

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  • Snooth User: D9sus4
    163476 316

    Nice article and some good suggestions for under $10 bottles of red wine. But, I'm a bit disappointed that you only had one bottle from a winery in the USA, and it didn't even make the top ten.

    Ok, so here's my vote for the best under $10 bottle of red wine, 2005 Columbia Crest Two Vines Shiraz from Washington state, which sells for $6.98/bottle on average here in Missouri. It's lush and jammy with lots of blackberry & black currant flavors, and it's already a mature 6 year old wine ready to drink now.

    Just my 2 cents worth on this subject, take it for what it's worth.

    Dec 02, 2011 at 3:46 PM

  • I recommend Montes Claros, Alentejo-Portugal. Grapes: Trincadeira, Castelão Francês And Tinta Roriz.

    Dec 02, 2011 at 4:01 PM

  • Snooth User: gkerns
    736661 127

    This may not appeal to hardcore "winos", but I'll bet Menage a Trois red will be a big hit with the general crowd at a party.

    Dec 02, 2011 at 5:33 PM

  • Snooth User: jonnyW
    542214 12

    Cono Sur is always reliable, in any I have tasted in the UK.

    Dec 03, 2011 at 6:20 AM

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