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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. 



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.

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. 

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.

Reply by spikedc, Sep 14, 2011.

Always enjoy Berberana Reserva Rioja around £6 - £8

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.

Reply by brycegarrett, Aug 14, 2013.

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

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