Top 10 Red Blends Under $20

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A Blend of unspecified amounts of Syrah, Zinfandel and Barbera

Fairly intense on the nose with plenty of red fruits, raspberries and red currants, over a base of smoky, toasty, lead pencil oak. A pleasant surprise on the palate with a bright, transparent light mouth feel. There's a fair amount of oak, lightly toasty and adding plenty of vanilla to the palate, but at the same time this does show nice red berry fruit and red plum skin flavors. The tannins are relatively unobtrusive on the palate, with a juicy acidity, but the mocha tinged finish highlights a little wood tannin, as the fruit lacks some persistence. This is fun and easy to drink. 87pts Find it Here

Acid: Medium  
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak:  Medium   
Spicy flavors:  Medium - Low  
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium - High
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium - Low

2010 Waterbrook Melange Red Varietal Blend Columbia Valley, WA 13.5% $15

Spicy on the nose with early hints of fennel and bitter chocolate being joined by a bit of char, some fresh herb notes, black currants and lots of toasty oak. This enters the mouth with classic medium-bodied balance. A bit tight at the moment, with lovely balance between the slightly herbal and savory, almost leathery fruit that's sprinkled with a touch of peppery spice and the gentle black currant and plum fruit. The texture is smooth and held together well by the polished tannins and adequate acidity. Chocolate and herbs pop on the back end and linger on the finish along with wild black cherry jam that sits just beneath some spicy oak shavings. While this is fine today, it's more a wine of texture right now and remains a bit simple, though this could improve in the cellar. 87pts Find it Here

Acid: Medium - Low  
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak:  Medium - Low   
Spicy flavors:  Medium - Low  
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium

2010 Chateau Haut Terrasson Bordeaux 13.5% $16

55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Very fresh on the nose with herb and raw oak aromas adding some detail to red currant, raspberry and plum fruit. There's an herbal perfume to this that precedes the first sip, adding a lovely counterpoint to the red currant and red cherry fruit that the wine offers up. The light vanilla and cocoa nuances on the palate add a touch of perceived sweetness here, though the oak and some earthy mushroom notes help to balance that out. This finishes tight and mineral with a bit of tarragon and herb along with fine grained wood tannins underpinning the black currant fruit. A lovely little Bordeaux that should improve over the short term, 2 to 3 years. 87pts

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Acid: Medium - Low
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Medium - Low
Oak: Medium - Low
Spicy flavors: Medium - Low
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium - High
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium

2009 Xavier Flouret Quai Lumiere Cru Bourgeois Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 13% $18

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rather fruit driven on the nose on the fresh end of the fruit spectrum with attractive notes of red currants and vanilla/strawberry topped with hints of dates, a touch of tarragon, a hint of scorched earth and some well-measured oak spice. Deceptively light on entry, this actually delivers a really nice package of slightly earthy, anise spiced currant fruit on the palate with some firm but fresh tannins and decent acidity. There's more licorice on the back end, where the fruit turns a bit plummy as well before fading away gently on the modest, clean and bright finish. A nicely ripe Bordeaux. 87pts Find it Here

Acid: Medium - Low  
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak:  Low
Spicy flavors: Medium - Low  
Savory Flavors: Medium - Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium - High
Mouthfeel: Medium

2009 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon - Syrah Castillero del Diablo Maipo Valley 14% $15

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah.

Intense and somewhat extracted smelling with deep black currant and jellied black fruit aromas topped with peppery hints of oak spice and tobacco. This enters the mouth with surprising softness, the lowish acidity lends volume to this on the palate but robs it of some of its liveliness. The flavors are deep and fairly intense with earth, tobacco and cocoa streaks running through the intense black currant fruit. The wood pops on the backend with nuanced caramel notes, adding further complexity on the moderately long and drying finish. A lot of wine but a bit heavy and clumsy for my palate. 86pts Find it Here

Acid: Medium - Low
Tannin: Medium
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium - Low
Spicy flavors: Low
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium - High

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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 212,756

    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.
    Sedrick

    Jan 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM


  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 152

    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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