Top 10 Red Blends Under $20

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Top 10 Red Blends Under $20 I began today ostensibly writing about Meritage wines and Bordeaux, but then the truth interfered. The truth is, Meritage wines, and some of Bordeaux can't really be distinguished today from many other more 'inventive' blends that are creeping into the marketplace. While some blends remain dominated by say, Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little Barbera or Syrah thrown in for some spice and brightness, where can one draw a line between these wines?

The truth is one can't, and one shouldn't. Today's line-up consists of blends $20 and under, not exactly the hotbed of terroir driven wines, which can be an issue with blends to begin with, so what I'm looking for here is enjoyability. What else can one expect from an inexpensive blend? A whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Blended wines are in some ways a relic of the past, when farmers grew a variety of grapes to be sure to have a crop regardless of the vagaries of the vintage. In recent years, they have become a bit of a last ditch catch-all for many wines, which in and of itself isn't a bad thing. Some great juice, Syrah and Barbera for example, has certainly gone to plump up some less than perfectly ripe Cabernet, resulting in a perfectly decent glass of wine at an affordable price. However, don't expect fireworks and varietal perfection. Sometimes one just has to be satisfied with what one has, because you can't always get what you need.

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  • Snooth User: Mark Suss
    951226 137

    Interesting how Washington represents here. They do very nice blends at great prices. I've become a big fan.

    Jan 08, 2013 at 4:11 PM

  • would love to learn everything I can in regards to wine

    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,749

    Washington is doing some greet work these days, too bad many of the wines are not widely distributed.

    MrWinelover, there's a lot of great resources here on Snooth, and keep trying wines, it's the best way to learn!

    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM

  • You might want to try Bogle Phantom at $ 15.99 in Cherry Hill, NJ. It's a blend of Old vine zin, old vine mourvedre and petite syrah. Their petite S and Old vine zin are standalone winners around $ 8 and embarrassingly low priced for the quality delivered.

    Jan 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 156

    Coppola Rosso is a blend that varies contents each year, they used to publish what is in it, but they no longer do. It is rather raw, but with 3 yrs of aging, it becomes a lovely Italianesque wine, but with more body.

    Mar 15, 2013 at 4:24 AM

  • You might want to try Bogle Phantom at $ 15.99 in Cherry Hill, NJ. It's a blend of Old vine zin, old vine mourvedre and petite syrah

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:03 AM

  • fantastic

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:08 AM

  • Snooth User: coolsf
    1566897 5

    Very creative description "A hint of scorched earth" Mmmmm

    Nov 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

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