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Snooth User: ScottLauraH

Best wines under $20

Posted by ScottLauraH, Sep 13, 2011.

I'm going to make an assumption that most of us snoothers like to drink wine as often as possible.  I know that I do, and I also know that I don't have a bottomless pocket book (especially with five children to raise).  Certainly, I am not alone in my situation.

That being said, I would love for everyone to share the best bottle of wine they have ever had that was priced under $20.00, and would also like some suggestions for every day drinking wines that are very good or great but won't break the bank. 

Some that come to mind for me are:

Ponga, Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, NZ ($7.99) - Crisp with nice acidity, citrus fruits and peach with a touch of pineapple on the finish.  This wine is good by itself, with spicy food and with seafood.

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Toscana Rosso 2008 ($14.99) - A wonderful Tuscan, pairs well with all sorts of pasta dishes and pizzas

Monte Antico Toscana 2007 ($12.99) - Another wonderful Tuscan, medium bodied, fruit forward without being jammy. 

Cellars Can Blau 2009 ($16.99) - A great Spanish red that is food friendly

And, I think the best bottle of wine I've had under $20 in recent history is Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir 2009 ($19.99).  It's a silky smooth, medium bodied Pinot with perfectly balanced acidity. 

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 13, 2011.

We've had a thread setting the bar at $13, I think, but it's a discussion that changes, and at that level, I bet we can come up with a ton.  In fact, almost too many--because there's such a big sweet spot these days in the $15+ range.

(Lefty, are you out there? It's a tradition for you to tout Layer Cake Malbec in these threads and I will actually feel disappointed if you don't. Sincerely--your loyalty to your favorite quaff is admirable.)

I'll just throw one out there because we had it last night: Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, about $14 at CostPlus World Market.  Really rich and fruit forward.  Not an ager, but it was already 4 years old.  The Monte Antico didn't really do it for me, which puts me in a minority apparently, but this came to my birthday celebration, where we drank four bottles of Cab with retails all above $65, and this wine made more of an impression than any of those. 

Just one more, because this is a huge area: Creta Roble, from Ribera del Duero, about $12.  A great representative Tempranillo at a modest price.  No Gran Reserva, but you want a good example of Spanish Tempranillo?  This is it. You can go lower, too, and get Protocolo (from Castilla-LaMancha) for under $10. 

And anything by Joel Gott--Zin, Cab, Sauv Blanc.  Great values whenever you can find them.  No, I'm not on his payroll, just a fan of what he does.

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Reply by ScottLauraH, Sep 14, 2011.

Foxall, it seems the bargains out of Spain are everywhere, doesn't it?  The store carries a lot of great Spanish wine, and the majority of it is under $30.00. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 14, 2011.

Love the Spanish model:  We age it for you, then release it ready to drink at ten years, in the case of Beronia Gran Reserva.  And we only charge you $22 or so.  Now that they are using more modern techniques and laying off the heaviest of styles, it's a nice way for drinkers of California reds to transition to European wines.

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Reply by spikedc, Sep 14, 2011.

Always enjoy Berberana Reserva Rioja around £6 - £8

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Reply by azzuri, Aug 11, 2013.

Citri Montepulciano D'Abbruzo,..saq(here around montreal) 14.00,a solid wine with nice flowing flavours and modestly priced.

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Reply by brycegarrett, Aug 14, 2013.

It is really great to know about that the wine is such cheap now.


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