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Snooth User: lingprof

your favorite under 10? under 15? under 20? under 25?

Posted by lingprof, Nov 22, 2011.

Hi all.  I always get interested when people start talking about inexpensive wines that they like.  And it seems like something lots of us are on the hunt for: that elusive butterfly of delicious wine at a wild bargain.  There are other threads on this topic, but I thought the time might be ripe for a fresh one.

At the same time, I sometimes feel embarrassed to talk about cheaper wines that I drink. But I've decided to be brave!

So here are a few of my favorites (at CA prices.... sorry east coasters!):

<10    Vinum Cellars Pets Petite Sirah, RH Phillips Night Harvest Cabernet  ($6 at grocery store!)

<15    Yalumba The Scribbler, Masseria Altemura Negroamaro Salento

<20    Franciscan Merlot, Desert Wind Ruah Columbia Valley Red

<25    Atrea Old Soul Red

What wines do you all like at these price points?


Reply by napagirl68, Nov 22, 2011.

This is hard for me to answer... the reason is, I find GREAT wines at discount that others may not be able to source, so it is a bit misleading.  I will say a grocery discounter had Fort ross 2008 sonoma coast pinot noir for 12.99, when KLwines listed it for 29.99.  It is not my FAVORITE pinot, but amazing,and well balance.  a bit of dark fruit for those that shy from the tart cherry clear pinots (like I like). 

My friends like Picket fence pinot noir which you can by at trader joes.  It is ok...

Reply by EMark, Nov 23, 2011.

To answer this poll, I'm trying to give you samples wines that I generally buy year after year.  Also, my responses are California biased--both in the wine types and the prices.  The problem that I have is that inflation moves favorites up the ladder.  For example, I have enjoyed the Grgich-Hills Fume Blanc for many years.  In the mid 90s I could get that wine for less than $10.  Now it is over $20.

  • < $10 -- Rene Barbier Mediterranean Red NV--available at World Market and Total Wine for $3.49.  Second nominee is Oak Ridge Lodi Zinfandel which at sneaks in at $9.99.  Last year, though, I was getting this wine for $7.99.
  • < $15 -- La Crema 2009 (much better than the 2008) Sonoma Coast Chardonnay -- $12.97 at Von's supermarket if you use their loyalty card.  (Shopping at most of the major supermarkets without their cards is a total rip.)  If you don't have their card, then you have to consider this one for the <$20 category.  
  • <$20 -- Chateau Chevalier Spring Mountain Cab sneaks in at $19.99.  Again, this price is from a high volume purveyor, and, a few years ago I was buying it for less than $15.  So, this may move into the next tier at another store, or in the next year.
  • < $25 -- I'll put the Grgich-Hills Fume here.  We consistently sample it every year. 
Reply by jamessulis, Nov 23, 2011.

Under 10 = Columbia Crest two vines, Cabernet Sauvignon

15= Layer Cake Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

20= Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Above 25= Chateau Lafite Rothchild, Cabernet Sauvignon

Can only afford the first 3

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest



Reply by jgenjo, Nov 23, 2011.

12.77 L Lohr Cab - at Sams in NJ

Reply by napagirl68, Nov 23, 2011.

Forgot to add the Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc... It is usually consistant and decent.  2009 was my fav year so far, but had the 2010 and it was decent as well.  It's ~12.99 but goes on sale.

Reply by Bordoo, Nov 24, 2011.

I agree that the Two Vines is a fine bargain wine and the Rene Barbier wines have been an inexpensive recommendation of mine for years.  The Rodney Strong is a strong "Get that." at its price point.

My problem with favorite inexpensive wine is that it varies with whats available.

I have had a couple of vintages of Cuvee de Pena, a VdP from the southwest of France. It's a Rhone-grapes blend.  I see Parker (or WA) awarded the '09 90 points (I have not had that vintage currently have a few '08s on hand)..  This is $7 - $9.  (I heard at a wine tasting that Mouton Cadet had substantially risen in price - I bought  more than a few bottles of this $6 Bordeaux over the years.  I thought it mostly tasted better than a $6 Bordeaux should, and never less than one's moneysworth.)

Between $10 and $15, I like Bogle wines, perhaps in particular the Petite Sirah, the Zinfandel and the Chardonnay.  I have had several vintages of these wines and find them very reliable.  The closer to $10 the better I like them, but I've certainly paid 13.99 at times.

The 2008 Three Old Vines Zinfandel at $18 is a new favorite. This Matt Cline made wine is a structured,  real value Zinfandel under $20.

Along with the Rodney Strong between $20-25, I would suggest a stunning Italian white.  Well, I was stunned - an Italian white?  Mattia Barzaghi Vernaccia di San Gimignano Zeta.  The Zeta is the flagship Vernaccia from this Tuscan maker.

As someone else noted above, I too am suggesting wines that may have limited distribution.  I bought my two different vinatges of Cuvee de Pena at two different stores, the original seller did not re-stock.  The Barzhagi wine is from a specialty wine store (sells no wines you've ever heard of, alright 1 or 2).  A search on the web returned some hits for the '07 Three.

Reply by Horrux, Nov 25, 2011.

Under 25, any of the Montes Alpha wines from Chile. Best deal I could find.

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