Sometimes I think I should start a blog about finding really delicious wines under $10. With the economy the way it is, I’ve found as a wine consultant that people are still drinking a lot, but they are just drinking cheaper. And I have a personal goal of never spending more than $10 on a bottle of wine. With my budget right now…I just can’t spend more than that. So I make it a personal quest to find really unique, balanced, delicious inexpensive wine. I have to say there are some great finds at Trader Joe’s, but we’ve also been bringing in more ‘good value’ wine at my store. We have found some really great producers all over the world, mainly France, Spain, and Italy producing fantastic inexpensive wine that you can enjoy with food or on their own.
One of my favorite’s right now is the Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha 2011. For a 100% stainless steel fermented red wine, it definitely has enough tannin and structure to hold up to all the juicy fruit and makes it a fantastic wine with or with out food. The best part of all…it’s only 8 bucks!!! Pretty unbeatable if you ask me.
“Opens with pretty aromas of ripe red plum and red berries with a hint of violet. In the mouth ripe and round but very fresh with loads of black raspberry and red plum fruit at the core with accents of violet, blood orange, and even a dash of coffee. The marvel here is how all the ripe fruit stays so fresh and refreshing as the bright acidity and light tannins provide perfect support and notes of juicy fruit and violets linger nicely. Pulls you back for another sip and then another glass. A great everyday red to serve on its own or with pretty much anything (meat, fowl, richer fish or roasted veggies) you’d want to eat on a Tuesday night!”-Chain Bridge Cellars
“Another 100% Garnacha cuvee, the 2011 Monte Oton comes from hillside vineyards planted at an elevation of 1,200 feet on the southern side of the Moncayo mountain range. No oak is used in this totally naked red. It emphasizes minerality and fruit, as evidenced by its crushed chalk-like notes intermixed with sweet kirsch, lavender and licorice. This fresh, medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, hedonistic as well as intellectually challenging wine should drink well for 2-3 years.” -Wine Advocate 89 points