Oct 19 2010

More “Chin Chin” for Less “Cha-Ching”: Fifteen under $15

Published by at 7:33 AM under Red Wines,Savvy Sip Tips,Spain,White Wines

One of the prime attractions of wine (other than the taste) is the endless sense of discovery that comes with it. In addition to learning about geography, history of a region, climate, grape type, and how each bottle pairs with food, is the less romantic, but practical component of price. Who doesn’t love an overperforming bottle?

While the quality, nuance, and depth of flavor in wines generally increase as the prices increase, that doesn’t mean wines under $15 are pre-destined to be mixed into backyard sangria. Here at Just Grapes, we’ve sipped through our inventory to taste and compile our Top 15 Wines for Under $15 (click here for the entire list), which are light on your wallet and heavy on value, including:

NV Fess Parker Frontier Red Lot 92, Red Blend, California [$7.99]

Best American Wines (Under $15) Food & Wine Magazine

Aromas of strawberry, chocolate, smoke, leather, pepper & spice will be found on the nose. On the palate flavors of blackberry, plum, raspberry and dried herbs will be savored. Enjoy Frontier Red with everyday cuisine, backyard BBQ’s or simply by itself. Composition: 57% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 8% Grenache, 7% Gamay, 3% Souzao, 3% Touriga Nacional, 2% Tinta Cao, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Alvarelhao.

2009 Ken Forrester “Petit” Chenin Blanc (Organic), Stellenbosch, South Africa [$9.19]

Adrienne’s Staff Pick:
The nice thing about working at a wine shop is that many of my friends now make dinner for me if I promise to bring wine for them. Thanks to a friend that made an African dinner for me, I discovered this gorgeous aromatic white. With subtle hints of honey and pear, and more noticeable clean mint and lemon, it was perfect with the meal.

2008 Evodia Grenache, Calatayud, Spain [$9.19]
Evodia; the Greek word for “aroma” — with that being said, it’s a perfect name for this wine! Very fresh, straightforward scents of raspberry and blackberry, plus a hint of cracked pepper. Juicy and tannin-free, with spicy red and dark berry flavors and gentle mineral lift. Easy to drink and a superb value, with good finishing bite.

2008 D’andezon Syrah, Coteaux du Rhone, Rhone Valley, France [$11.19]

A blend of 90% Syrah (40-year old vines) and 10% Grenache (60-year old vines), the tank-fermented and aged 2008 Cotes du Rhone exhibits sweet blackberry and cassis fruit interwoven with notions of spring flowers, licorice, and road tar. It possesses a lovely texture, crisp acids (a characteristic of this vintage), medium to full body, and a long, smooth finish. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.

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