Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 – November/December 2012 Holiday Edition

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Drink well this Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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It’s time for the next update of The Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Reds list, just in time for the Holidays! This month we have four new wines representing Italy, Spain and even Portugal! As always this list only includes those wines and vintages that are still widely available so be sure to check the full Wine Ranking Database for all the wines we’ve reviewed. Look for an updated list of Top 10 white wines next month or hit the link in the header for the current list. So without further ado, here are my Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 for November/December!

2008-Mas-de-Leda-Tempranillo-2
From the delicious Duero Valley.

 

10) TIE 2008 Mas de Leda Vino Tempranillo – Sweet Caramel and Cinnamon.
A succulent and smooth 100% Tempranillo from the Duero Valley in Spain. This wine features delicious caramel, cinnamon and sugar, red and black cherry, licorice and big grippy tannins. Much like those tannins, you’ll have a hard time letting go of this one before it is all gone. Save yourself some heartbreak and buy more than one bottle.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

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Add a little Portuguese
to your wine rack.

10) TIE 2009 Alente Red Trincadeira Aragonez Vinho Tinto – Everyday.
65% Trincadeira and 35% Aragonez from Alentejo, Portugal and available for as little as $9. I believe this is the first Portuguese red to make the Top 10 list, but it definitely won’t be the last! Raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and peppery spice combine to make a delicious wine that would make a tasty and affordable option for a house red. There’s a whole lot more than Port coming out of Portugal!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

 

2008-Ninety-Plus-Cellars-Reserve-Lot-56-Russian-River-Valley-Pinot-Noir-2
And a little Russian River
Valley to your Holiday table.

10) TIE 2008 90 Plus Cellars Reserve Lot 56 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir– Eminently Drinkable.
Russian River Valley goodness for as little as $15! Pinot Noir lovers take heart — you can find excellent wines of this variety for under $20 and this is a prime example! Excellent aromas, wonderful balance, delicious fruit, nice spice and a deliciously smooth texture make this one of our very favorite Pinot Noirs and a perfect choice for Thanksgiving dinner!
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsorMarketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

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Lake County
lusciousness.

9) 2010 Vigilance Cimarron Lake County Red Wine – One Finely Crafted Cuvée.
44% Zinfandel, 39% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon from one of our favorite new value spots: Lake County, California. Velvety layers of spice and black pepper are interwoven with rich and vibrant blackberry and black cherry flavors in this smooth and delicious wine. A succulent blend for as little as $14.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

 

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For the Malbec lovers!

8) 2010 Bodega Colomé Amalaya – Smooth, Sophisticated and Sultry.
75% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah and 5% Tannat from high altitude vineyards in Salta, Argentina. This is a wine that is consistently good from vintage to vintage. The addition of the Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat take this wine to the next level and adds a sophisticated and sultry dimension to the whole affair.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

2010-La-Mozza-I-Perazzi-Morellino-di-Scansano
I Delicious.

7) 2010 La Mozza I Perazzi Morellino di Scansano – I Love It.
85% Sangiovese, 5% Syrah, 5% Alicante, 2% Colorino and 3% Ciliegiolo from Magliano, Tuscany, Italy. This Super Tuscan with a Mediterranean twist can be had for as little as $14 and features juicy red and black cherries, licorice and spice plus excellent soft and dusty tannins. Simply delicious.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

 

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This good at this price??
You gotta be kidding me!

6) 2010 Los Dos Grenache + Syrah – Another Spanish Wonder!
This wine is one of our most recent bulk buys. 85% Garnacha plus 15% Syrah and it is simply fantastic. Smooth and silky, the Los Dos is very easy to drink but also layered with juicy and savory fruit, excellent tannins, a bit of pepper and spice and an excellent long finish. The best part? It’s available everywhere for well under $10!
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

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Your guests
will thank you!

5) 2011 Hahn Winery California Pinot Noir – A Brilliant Bargain.
My very favorite Pinot Noir under $20. This wine hails from California and can be had for as little as $10, which truly is a brilliant bargain for a wine as good as this. This wine features just about the perfect mix of berry flavors, spice and pepper. Pairs wonderfully with anything.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

 

 

2007-Vina-Eguia-Rioja-Reserva
Cellar-worthy
but why wait?

4) 2007 Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva – Run, Don’t Walk To Get This Wine!
A Rioja Reserva for only $10?? Sounds too good to be true, but lucky for us it’s not. This wine is 100% Tempranillo and features strong and rich tannins along with a nice dense mouthfeel. Buy a case (or two) and let it sit for a couple years, or open it now and give it some time to breathe before drinking. Either way you’ll find delicious licorice, cola, black cherry and mixed berry flavors along with vanilla and cinnamon higlights. Extremely tasty and yet another reason to love Spanish wine!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

2008-Saladini-Pilastri-Pregio-del-Conte
A unique blend that
makes a BIG wine!

3) 2008 Saladini Pilastri Pregio del Conte – Montepulciano Plus Aglianico Equals Love.
50% Montepulciano and 50% Aglianico from Le Marche, Italy. Made with organic grapes and available for as low as $12. It begins with a wonderfully inviting aroma of black cherry, plum, pepper and a little smoked meat and only gets better from there. Get ready for a rich, silky and substantial wine with a very long, dry finish featuring nice grippy tannins. Fabulous!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

 

 

2010-Eden-Road-The-Long-Road-Shiraz
A Perfect 10.

2) 2010 Eden Road The Long Road Gundagai Shiraz – One More Reason to Love Syrah/Shiraz.
Rich, delicious fruit plus nuanced pepper, spice, smoke and vanilla notes plus a long, lingering finish make this Australian Shiraz an absolute delight. For as little as $16 you get much more than you pay for. Another winning argument in favor of my favorite grape variety!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

1) 2010 Evodia Old Vines Garnacha – Simply Superb!
This $8 wine from Calatayud, Spain is no stranger to our Top 10 lists! Consistently good vintage to vintage this savory wine features juicy blackberry, blueberry and raspberry along with a fantastically smooth mouthfeel. It’s hard to get much better than this for under 10 bucks. 100% Garnacha.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

2010-Evodia-Garnacha
Still #1!

The top 10 list is subject to change at any time as new wines are reviewed and as vintages become unavailable, but it is typically updated every couple months. Many of the wines on the list were samples submitted for review, please click through the links to the full reviews for more details.Cheers!

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