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Snooth User: Bristvol

Your favorite under $10 a bottle reds...???....

Original post by Bristvol, Apr 14, 2010.

Recently tried Esser Zinfandel American Canyon Napa County-2005 at just under $8 a bottle.  Great "cheap" Zin.  I would love to hear from others about this or your favorite under $10 bottle.  


Reply by GTSOPRANO, Apr 17, 2010.

Rabbit Ridge Zinfandel, $9.99!

Reply by GTSOPRANO, Apr 17, 2010.

Oh, and at $10.99 I have to mention Pepi Sangiovese 2005 specifically, but I like all the vintages I've tried.

Reply by vawineaux, Apr 17, 2010.

Santa Julia Organic Malbec, Torrontes and  Bonarda/Sangiovese are under $9 a bottle. Theyr'e a hit at the store I work in. Also, the Alcesti Isola line from Sicily has a Nero d'Avola and a Insolia/Grecanico blend that can't be beat for under $8. If you're in the Southeast VA area, some of the local wine stores carry them. Hope this helps :)

Reply by AdamJefferson, Apr 17, 2010.

I like Villa Pozzi Nero d' Avola in this price range.  K&L sells one of the best value whites, Plaisir des Princes, a white Burgundy Chardonnay, for about $9 a bottle.  Its very refreshing and easy to drink.  Monte Antico Toscana is everywhere and a terrific red blend for $10 and change.   

Bought a bottle of the Perrin & Fils; didn't care for it that much.  The store where I purchased had it priced at $12.99, and for that, there are better values out there.  It did have a warm and big nose, but not much of a fruit base or variety of flavors (can't figure out where that nice aroma originated), finished a little bitter.  Wasn't very interesting.  The Columbia Crest Two Vines call by one of the first posters captures a better value wine under $10 than the Perrin & Fils I drank. 


Reply by dmcker, Apr 17, 2010.

Of course it depends on the style of wine you like to drink. I like a range but am not too partial to fruitbombs in most instances. Something that no one would accuse Perrin&Fils, which has two or three CdR bottlings, of being. The cheapest should be more like $7 or $8. I find it works well with food, though the better the classification (i.e. the Villages) within their offerings the better. Strange that. ;-)

I drank a lot of it and Delas (which might even be better) last summer, but come to think of it the Perrin was a custom blend for North Berkeley Imports. So that was the third after these two versions that KL carried:

(From the thread about favorite wines under $13) Reply by dmcker, Aug 29, 2009.

2007 Perrin & Fils "Reserve" Côtes du Rhône $7.99.

Better than most wines three or four times its price :-)

Reply by dmcker, Aug 29, 2009.

Also very good:
2007 Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône-Villages 50% syrah, 50% grenache $10.99
2007 Delas "St-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône 75% syrah, 25% grenache $9.99

The 2007 vintage is so lovely that I'll find it hard to lay down bottles for later years...



Reply by Manoavino, Apr 17, 2010.

Here are a few of my favs:

Loxarel Ops - Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo $9-12

The Wolftrapp South African  Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier from $8-10

Ciconia Portuguese Touriga Nacional Syrah Aragones $7-9


Reply by zufrieden, Apr 17, 2010.

In Canada - depending on the province - there are now very few wines under 10 dollars.  However, a very fine (white) wine that prices in around this level in the USA is Paul Mas Viognier.  This wine is exceptional value - near the quality of wines twice the price. The Cono Sur Viognier line from central Chile is also great value at slighly less cost; in fact this is the only wine I will drink priced under 10 dollars in Canada.

Reply by doofous, Apr 18, 2010.

My wife bought some Robertson Natural Sweet Red and Rose wines for about $7 a bottle.  I was surprised how good this South African table wine was.  The Red is too sweet for me, but the Rose is very nice and the companion White is even better.  Since then I've found all three to be consistently pleasant, and in terms of enjoyment they are the equal of wines in the $15-20 range.  They stand up to any meal, and even the Sweet Red isn't so cloyingly sweet as to come back at me later.  I haven't tried any of their varietals yet, but I'm hopeful the quality will carry through the line.

Reply by napagirl68, Apr 18, 2010.

I, personally, have not found a commercially available wine for under $10.00 that I love.  Not to say they don't exist.. just haven't looked very hard for one.  I have, however, found MANY bottles under $10 that are limited lots at discount venues for under $10.  Which is not really fair to this thread since they are not readily available to everyone.  But...   Grocery Outlet has had Cameron Hughes' sub-label Rockridge Meritage for $3.99, and it is a GREAT wine.  Also got 2005 Murietta's Well Meritage (Livermore, CA) for $6 or 7.99/bottle there. 

My point is, good deals to find at some discount stores... but beware, lots of bad stuff there as well.

Cost Plus World Markets also gets some good deals in occasionally.  If you are on the email list, you will get a typical email of a wine available for, say, 9.99, but you have to come into the store to see what the wine is.  I have gotten some great wines at bargain prices that way.  Once, I really scored...  2005 Juslyn Napa Cab for 9.99.  They only had two cases.  I found that wine again later at the Grocery Outlet for $29.99, still better than the retail of ~$60-70.

I had, recently at a restaurant with a limited wine list, a 2007 Folie A deux Menage a Trois BLANC that was nice... it is a chard, moscato, and chenin blanc combo.  I believe you can find it for a bit over $10...   decent for the price, and tasted nice for those warm summer evenings...


Reply by wlstiles3, Apr 19, 2010.

I have 5 offerings.  1) Montes 07 Cabernet- best Cab under 10 bucks I have ever had.  2)  Bogle Petite Syrah, also 07, if you haven't tried it, you're missing out.  3) Red Diamond Merlot, any vintage, these people know how to make merlot.  4)  Duck Pond Merlot any vintage, a little more old world.  5)  Hob Nob Pinot, this French outfit has by far the best Pinot under 10 bucks, this stuff could sell for 20. 

If only I had a few racks full of this stuff.



Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 21, 2010.

Here are two of my current under $10 faves:

Trentatre at Trader Joe's for $5.99

Penfold's Koonunga Hill at Costco for $7.99


Reply by Herdem, Apr 21, 2010.

My favorite red under 10 is Concha Y Toro Frontera Merlot.  I find it consistant and the longer it is open the better it gets.  Of course, it only lasts 2 days here.

Reply by andyrain, Apr 21, 2010.

I am really loving Trellis Cabernet, $5.99 at Trader Joe's!

Reply by TomG, Apr 21, 2010.

I'm really surprised no one's mentioned either Folie à Deux "Menage à Trois" Red or Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red - both very drinkable for $7-$10, depending on where you go.  The 2007 Pillar Box got 90 pts from Parker.   I like the Menage à Trois Red quite a bit more than the white.  I'm also a fan of Perrin & Fils.  One of the other surprises in reading the postings is the scarcity of Spanish wines.  There are some outstanding values here - the Bodegas Luzon "Luzon" Jumilla - $6.99 at K&L.  Talk about a wine made for food.


Reply by vevbutterfly, May 6, 2010.

Black Mountain "Fat Cat" cabernet from Trader Joe's. I always have a couple of bottles at hand. $5.99 a bottle. A friend of mine makes this her daily glass (or two).

Reply by admiral44, May 7, 2010.

TomG you are right on with the Menage red blend and the perrin and Fils.  Under $10 is really hard for me as well, I have only had a handful of wines under $10 that I have liked, Red Diamond Merlot, cheap but good fruit, Jacobs creeks Shiraz same as before, I don't like any of the Bogle's but my preference.  I have found that White under $10 is a better bet and you can find much more that you will enjoy, just splurge on the reds and stick to above $10 but below $20 if you are on a budget, I am not nearly disappointd as much.

Reply by dynowine, May 15, 2010.


Most of this sampling was available at Wine Exchange at 9.99 or below.  I thought each was impressive in some way, particularly their QPR.  Whether I would buy each new release when it arrives I'd have to taste and consider.  List is not in any particular order.

Homefire Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006 $6

Pelta Valencia 2008  $9

Domaine Fontenille Cotes du Luberon 2007 $10

Calvet Thunevin Cuvee Constance 2005 $9

Cave de Pomérols Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet Hugues de Beauvignac 2008/9 $9

Charles and Charles Rose of Syrah 2009  $8

Casa Ferreirinha Estero Douro 2007  $10

Delas Freres Cotes-du-Ventoux 2007 $9

Perrin & Fils Cotes-du-Rhone Villages 2007 $10

Lossen Bros Dr. L. Riesling 2008  $10

other stores

Domaine de Cristia CdR 2007 $10

Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot 2004 $5?


Reply by dlborges, May 15, 2010.

No Joke,

License Zin and Cabernet is being sold at $2 and $3 respectively at Big Lots. Think I'm joking? Go look. I've bought a case and going back to clear the shelves. This wine is good, easily a $10 to $15 dollar bottle more recently sold at over $5 in some places. But for whatever reason, a great deal at Big Lots, which is a dirty retail store sort of like Dollar Tree. Have fun, and thank me later.

Reply by dynowine, May 19, 2010.

Ok, I stopped by a nearby Big Lots and bought one License Zin.  It tastes like a decent Zin, with reasonably balance and even some complexity, that was not stored correctly for a time during the bottle phase.  I won't return to buy more, but will try to finish the bottle..  

Reply by elleystar, May 21, 2010.

Dynowine, I'll agree with you on the Loosen Bros. Dr. L. I don't usually like my Rieslings sweet, but that one is spectacular alongside dark chocolate truffles!

I also think that Lindeman's Bin 99 Pinot Noir is outstanding for the price. I love the cherry notes in it and it pleases anyone who tries it, even non-wine drinkers.

I recently had BV Coastal Estates Cabernet and was pleasantly surprised.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Zinfandel is also drinkable, as is anything by Chateau Ste. Michelle, which you'd have to get on sale to meet the under $10 req. ;)

Unfortunately I can't get very many Spanish wines here, in fact my selection of anything but California and Washington is awfully slim!

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