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Thursday, February 23, 2012

10 Great Red Wine Blends Under $10

[Note: Looking for white wines? Check out 12 Great White Wines Under $10!]

This article is the first in a new periodic series on the best wine under $10. While we normally like to keep it under $20 here at The Reverse Wine Snob, I know that (like me) many of you take special joy in finding a really great bottle of wine for less than $10. And while there are lots of good red blends in this price range, the best examples, such as the ones below, offer amazing value and really scrumptious combinations of grapes than can inspire rabid hordes of fans. Let's check out ten Reverse Wine Snob favorites.

Concannon Conservancy Crimson & Clover Livermore Valleye 2009
Enjoy it over and over.
10) Concannon Crimson & Clover
50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Zinfandel from Livermore Valley, California. This $10 wine features blackberry fruit, a little leather and a kick of spice at the end. Created as a tribute to the winemaker's father who was responsible for America's first Petite Sirah. Now that's a reason to raise our glass.
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9) 2009 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage
41% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc from California. Available for around $8. Meritage (pronounced like heritage) is basically a Bordeaux style blend from California. The French weren't too happy about anyone else using the term Bordeaux, so those clever Californians came up with their own term. Black cherry, plum and a little vanilla combine with a smooth mouthfeel to make a very enjoyable wine. [Edit: Also check out the newly released 2010 vintage of this wine which we liked even better!]
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2009 Francis Ford Coppola Rosso
Easy. Really Easy.
8) 2009 Francis Ford Coppola Rosso
26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Petite Sirah, 25% Syrah, 23% Zinfandel from California. This $8 wine features sweet and juicy flavors of plum, dark berry, and cranberry flavors. A food flexible daily drinker that features a nice mix of flavors that go down easy.
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7) 2009 Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend
A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot from California and available for only $8. A berry fruit bomb with a cornucopia of other flavors, like vanilla, spice, maple syrup, cherry cola, brown sugar and chocolate. Grabe a few friends and pair it with a bbq pizza for a little slice of heaven under $20.
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I dare you not to like it!
6) 2010 Caligiore Staccato Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon
60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina and made with organically grown grapes. How can you can you not like a wine with these two grapes? In this case, you really can't. This medium-bodied and balanced wine has loads of cherry and blackberry flavors with smooth but firm tannins on the finish.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

5) 2009 d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Red
42% Grenache, 33% Shiraz, 25% Mourvédre from McLaren Vale, South Australia. Those Aussies know how to make some good wine. Plum, ripe dark fruit and dried herb flavors plus some wonderful spicy tannins. Smooth and spicy, because that's how they roll down under.
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Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2009 - The Bee's Knees
Drink it for the bees.
4) 2009 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône Rouge
33% Grenache, 34% Syrah and 33% Mourvèdre from Côtes du Rhône, France. Smooth and silky blackberry and black cherry flavors give way to some nice spice on the dry and velvety finish. Gets better with every sip, so keep on sipping.
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3) 2009 Banfi Centine Rosso Toscana
60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot from Tuscany, Italy. A very aromatic fruit and floral bouquet with wonderful intense aromas of black and red cherry, lavender, violet and even a hint of banana. This medium-bodied wine tastes of dark fruit like blackberry and plum plus a bit of spice. Tart fruit flavors come to the forefront on the medium-long finish. Not only easy to drink, but even easier to enjoy.
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2) 2009 Famiglia Meschini Premium Malbec Syrah
50% Malbec, 50% Syrah from Mendoza, Argentina. This excellent wine features a rich, silky texture plus dark berry flavors and excellent tannins. It ends with a great kick of spice and the dark fruit flavors keep on going and going. Double yum.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

1) 2009 Tudal Family Winery Tractor Shed Red
A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc from California and as low as $7? Are you kidding me? An inviting bouquet of ripe dark fruit, pepper and spice makes you want to take a sip. Add luscious blackberry, plum, pepper and spice plus a long dry finish featuring rich fruit flavors and this wine is a winner. Simply delicious.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

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Click through to the individual wines to find the full reviews. Most wines were sent as samples for review. Cheers!


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