Cheap Red Wine for Holiday Parties

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2010 Tenuta Rapitala Nero d’Avola Campo Reale 13.5% $11

Great for a Party

Smoky and meaty on the nose like a salumeria, with leather, anise seed and black fruit tones. Fairly dense on the palate if not terribly rich. This is full of dry material, with nice black cherry flavors that are framed with that salumi note, some earthy spice tones and a leather edge. This turns much clearer on the back end, gaining a little coffee as it transitions into a clear, slightly medicinal black cherry finish. Shows nicely mature tannins right through to the finale. 88pts

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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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