Tag Archives: Under $20

Château de Montfaucon “Les Gardettes” Rouge, 2011, Gard, France

16 Jan

DSC03218The best values in French wine come from the southern part of the country, and this is really fun wine for the money. 50% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache. A sandalwood note weaves through red cherry and currant fruit, backed by mineral and garrigue hints on the finish. $12

Château Moncontour Brut Rosé Crémant de Loire, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03215100% Cabernet Franc from the clay soils of the Moncontour estate. Produced in the méthode Champenoise, this pink sparkler is bright and minerally on the palate, with delicate perlage. $15

Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Colchagua, Chile

16 Jan

DSC03214Bright straw-yellow in color. Intensely aromatic on the nose with fresh citrus aromas of lime and grapefruit, complemented by clean mineral notes. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, with racy acidity and a long, flavorful finish. $15

Château Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray Brut, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03213100% Chenin Blanc vinified dry in the méthode traditionelle, just like it’s done in Champagne. The limestone soils of the estate express themselves in beautiful minerality underlining notes of apricot and peach. The vibrant mousse dances across the palate, making this ideal wine for most cuisines. $18

Avinyó Reserva Brut Cava, NV, Penedés, Spain

16 Jan

DSC03212Wonderful toasty aromas and bright green apple flavors are underlined by grace notes of roasted almond. Lovely depth coupled with a minerally, lingering finish make this a gorgeously versatile sparkler. $20

Scarborough “The Rebel” Red Blend, 2009, Columbia Valley, Washington

16 Jan

DSC03211Great value second-label red blend from Washington’s Scarborough Winery. Red currants, anise, blackberries and damp earth enhanced with soft yet sturdy tannins. Smooth on the finish, which lingers long enough to invite the next sip. Try it with a well-charred medium-rare ribeye. $15

Top Values of 2012—San Francisco Chronicle

Real Compañía de Vinos Tempranillo, 2011, Castilla, Spain

16 Jan

DSC03207Unoaked Tempranillo that showcases the fruit presence of the grape. Intense cherry red with a violet rim. Fruit-focused with aromas of ripe strawberry, blackberry and red cherry. A subtle anise spice rounds out the supple mouthfeel. Try this with homemade bison shepherd’s pie. $14

Navarro López Old Vines Crianza Tempranillo, 2010, Valdepeñas, Spain

16 Jan

DSC03210Balanced fruit and caramel notes on the nose, with strawberry, raspberry and red currant. These aromas carry through to the palate, which shows well-integrated tannins and another hint of caramel on the finish. Pop a bottle the next time you bring home tacos al pastor. $15

Bastianich “Adriatico” Friulano, 2011, Friuli, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03204Typical Friulano, a varietal that expresses the history and terroir of Friuli. Medium bodied with ripe, luscious pear flavors carried by a refreshing mineral flavor and zesty, mouthwatering acidity. A classic match with prosciutto. $18

Nemorino Rosso, 2012, Tuscany, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03200“Super Tuscan” is an unofficial term coined to describe lush, full-bodied, modern Italian wines that don’t play by the rules governing Tuscan appellations like Chianti. This one is 60% Syrah with equal parts Sangiovese and Merlot. Fruit-forward and rounded on the palate, making it a perfect cocktail-style wine, but with enough acidity to play well with dishes like peppery roast pork loin. $16