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Newbie looking for Red Wine Recommendations

Posted by Lucha Vino, Nov 21, 2009.


I am new to the world of wine. The Snooth Website has been a great source of information and it looks like the forum is a good place to learn some more.

I have been trying out different varietals to get a better idea of what I like (and don’t like). So far am finding that I prefer medium to full bodied red wines.

What kind of suggestions do you all have for red wines in the $10 - $15/bottle range. There are so many interesting sounding wines out there I am trying to keep my spending within my limits!

Here are a few examples of what I have tried and liked so far:

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.



Reply by ATootsie, Nov 21, 2009.

Here are a few I find very popular in your tasting range which happen's to be mine too! I love wines from Lodi, California and for starters you might try the Oak Ridge Wines like thier OZV, 3Girls Cabernet, or the Oak Ridge Cabernet or Zinfandel. Also for some variety you might like the Parrone Wines from Chile. The DeRose Winery from California has a Winery in Chile and they import them in for Sale. It would be helpful if I knew where your located. I'm in the Cleveland,Youngstown area.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Nov 21, 2009.

Rothschild's Los Vascos from Chile is a solid option and always good. Also Concha Y Toro wines from the same area. Budget friendly. If you have Trader Joe's, check out the Chariot Gypsy, it's $6 and a great full bodied blend!

Reply by dmcker, Nov 21, 2009.

Looks like you've enjoyed pinot noir from Oregon, and syrah/shiraz from Oz and elsewhere. I'll start with four suggestions that I've already made in other Snooth threads, one set slightly below your price range and one set slightly above, so maybe they'll average in your comfort zone.

Pinot noir from Oregon and California:
--Once Wines California/Oregon Pinot Noir; made from 60% Willamette grapes and 40% Taylor Lane grapes from the Sonoma coast; a *great* value for a little north of $20; last I checked it was the house wine at French Laundry and a few other choice eating establishments.
--Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, just south of $20; not the too-frequent gaggingly thick, syrupy pinots that seveal California producers turn out, but more delicately balanced; another great value considering that the even better California pinots from the Sonoma Coast and elsewhere are now several multiples of this price.

Southern Rhone blends including Syrah:
-- 2007 Perrin & Fils "Reserve" Côtes du Rhône $7.99; better than many Chateau Neuf du Papes three or four times its price; being from the palate-bogglingly good 2007 vintage that we'll be looking back at for decades to come only helps; 2007 Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône-Villages 50% syrah, 50% grenache $10.99 is also very good.
--2007 Delas "St-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône 75% syrah, 25% grenache $9.99; even better than the Perrin & Fils, which are excellent; you'll also find these wines more balanced than the shiraz from Oz, IMO.

There are many more syrahs and pinots out there, once you find what you like. But I think these are pretty good starting points.

If you can't find them at your local shops, try K&L Wines in California (Bay Area and a newer branch in LA):

Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 22, 2009.

Thanks for the suggestions.

I live in Seattle, WA. I am finding out just how many wine makers there are in Washington & Oregon - amazing!

There are alot of Trader Joe's in my area. I have heard about the Chariot Gypsy and will definitely track that one down.

Reply by dmcker, Nov 22, 2009.

Since you live in Seattle, and can pick any orders up yourself, I assume (and not have to wait for their something-like-twice-a-year deliveries), you should consider getting on the Garagiste listserv. The guy who puts it out has a lot of interesting wine in your price range that you won't likely find through neighborhood merchants.

Do keep looking around besides that, though. The Columbia Valley (Walla Walla, etc.) has many good wines from several different varietals, and the pinot noir and others from the Willamette Valley in Oregon can be quite good.

Then there's all over California. Plus France, Italy, Spain and other countries in Europe. Australia/New Zealand, Chile/Argentina, etc., etc. If you have any specific questions, be sure to ask them in this forum. You're likely to get quite a few useful responses.

Reply by Live Slow, Nov 22, 2009.

Some of the better values in red wines out there are from Argentina. Since you like medium to full-bodied, give malbec a try. The malbec grape has really found it's home in Argentina, though it was one of the original bordeaux blending grapes. Other reds from here are also good value (seek out Uco Valley reds for more robust wines).


Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 22, 2009.

Dmcker - Thanks for the pointer to the garagiste website. It looks like it will be a cool source for deals!

Reply by kylewolf, Nov 23, 2009.

Garagiste is an amazing source, and they will definitely expand your wine vocabulary (the person who writes the emails can get a little...detailed.

I can also put out there, Rosenblum, they put out a number of different varietals but known mostly for their zin, syrah, and cab. All are big fruit and big flavor without the normal high alcohol.

Also, had a blind tasting the other day, and the winner of the night was one of the least expensive bottles, a 2006 shoofly shiraz. It was really big with plum, berries, jam, pepper, spice, and nice powerful dark notes that sat on your palate and provided something to "chew over" after swallowing.

Reply by qipengart, Nov 23, 2009.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis is a good start... Also Ridge and Clos du Val work well :D

Reply by WineForNewbies2, Nov 25, 2009.

It sounds like you're getting plenty of info and suggestions. I'll toss in Castle Rock wines; they are usually in your price range and often have good quality. The most important thing is to keep trying new things. There's a whole world of wine out there to experience, so don't get "stuck" drinking just a few.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 26, 2009.

Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming My Wish List is growing!

I've sampled a Malbec and a Super Tuscan style blend in the last week. The blend was Sangiovese, Merlot and Cab. I liked them both. The Malbec had a bit of a spicy finish when paired up with some sweet/spicy teryaki. The Sangiovese blend started sweet and finished tart.

Pretty different styles and I liked them both. Any recommendations for other blends in addition to the varietals already mentioned?

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

Reply by PinotBeurot, Nov 28, 2009.

I think the very best deals in that range right now are from the Rhone, Chili, Argentina, and South Africa. Too many brands to mention.

Reply by amour, Dec 4, 2009.

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