It’s a Tuesday, but you’re wishing it was Friday. You don’t want to open a nice bottle of wine because you’re just going to enjoy a glass. Ok, maybe two glasses. Save the special occasion bottle for your next celebration, and try these value reds tonight. The Bottlenotes team rounded up some of our favorite go-to red wines for everyday sipping under $20 each.
MICHAEL DAVID “Petite Petit” 2011 (Lodi, CA) $18
While the name is a play on the grape blend – 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot – there is absolutely nothing small about this wine. Here, these often overlooked varietals mingle together in a red that is at once powerful and playful. Petite Petit starts out like Daniel Craig as James Bond – gritty, brooding and a bit hard-headed (but undeniably sexy). After an hour in the glass, it has evolved into Sean Connery – smooth, self-assured and timeless (and still undeniably sexy). I actually paired this with pizza and – like the two varietals – it was a surprising match made in heaven. Find it HERE.
QUINTA DO PESSEGUEIRO Aluzé 2010 (Douro, Portugal) $18
I am trying new wine regions each month and luckily this Portuguese blend of indigenous red grapes came my way. It has a deep red color, and a subtle nose of dark fruit with floral and spice notes. In the mouth it is soft and elegant, but has enough structure and acidity to please lovers of full red wines. I tasted dark plums and spice, but it is a medium-weight, fresh wine. Delicious on its own, but would be nice with a wide variety of food, short of maybe steak. Find it HERE.
TRADER JOE’S Reserve “Lot #89” Merlot 2010 (Horse Heaven Hills, WA) $10
I just recently discovered the Trader Joe’s Reserve wines and have fallen in love with every wine I have tried. They are a great value for your everyday wine cellar and so reasonably priced. While I have enjoyed them all, my recent favorite is the Horse Heaven Hills Merlot and its fantastic luscious jammy quality and elegant finish. Find it at your local Trader Joe’s store HERE.
VINA COBOS “El Felino” Malbec 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $17
This Malbec is made by Paul Hobbs, one of my favorite American winemakers. In fact, this is one of the most affordable wines that he makes period. It’s a great cold weather wine, featuring big and bold dark berry fruit and plum with some notes of chocolate, white pepper and cedar. Great on its own, but even better with a nice piece of steak. Find it HERE.
TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE Etna Rosso 2010 (Sicily, Italy) $15
Made from a blend of two native Italian grapes; nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio. The low-yielding vineyards from the volcanic soils of Mount Etna produce a wine that’s balanced and elegant. The flavor profile is as if pinot noir and nebiollo had a baby and named it nerello mascalese. The aromatics are bright red fruit and sweet baking spices. Enjoy on its own or with game, poultry or sharp cheese. Find it HERE.
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