Cheap Red Wine for Holiday Parties

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2008 Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Dao 13% $10

Killer for Dinner

A bit spicy on the nose with hints of oak and pink peppercorn adding detail to bitter cherry and wild raspberry fruit and some fine baked soil notes. This is fairly opulent on entry, with a really nice fresh and not forced richness. The tannins are surfing under the tender red fruit, but add a nice structural firmness here. There’s a nice wave of chocolate that adds complexity to the back end and some cedary oak that emerges with time. The finish is a very fine blend of spice, soil, amarena cherry and oak and has excellent persistence. This is really nice and can easily stand up to wines twice the price. 89pts

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  • Snooth User: D9sus4
    163476 307

    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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