Best Inexpensive Wine

218985
Retrofollies
2016 Rose Coteaux Varois de Provence
Dusty pink coral color. Floral, attractive aromas of spring blossom, juicy bartlett pear, raspberry, and clove with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a complex, very long raspberry, currant, key lime pie, and chervil finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and perfumed rose with a great sense of place.
96 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218991
Belasco de Baquedano
2015 Llama Old Vine Red Blend Bonarda-Malbec
Opaque color. Aromas and flavors of plums, cherry, and flowers with a lively, dryish full body and an appealing, long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A superb full-bodied red with plenty of terrior, dark fruit flavors, kirsch notes, and well integrated tannins; this could easily pass for a top end red Bordeaux.
96 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220376
Augustale
2012 Nero di Troia Riserva Castel del Monte DOCG
Bright dusty garnet color. Earthy, inviting aromas and flavors of red licorice and ripe cassis, star anise and rose petal, freshly turned earth, and suede with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a prodigious, very long dried basil and caper berries, sun dried berries, red velvet cake, and bay leaf and allspice finish with well-integrated, silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. An impressive, earthy wine to delight your guests with.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220680
Paskua Land
2014 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of charred green pepper, star anise, balsamic reduction, and fig paste with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-full body and a medium-length chocolate covered espresso bean, fresh mint, rosemary, and black pepper and smoked vanilla finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy wine that begs another sip.
94 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219278
Secret de Berticot
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Attractive, baked aromas and flavors of wildflowers, baked pears, honeyed dried apricots, and dried banana with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long meadow brook stones, celery leaf, kiwi, lemon, and melon, and coconut water finish with fine, fruit tannins. A divine subtle white reminiscent of a picnic in the French countryside.
94 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221002
In Situ
2016 Riverside White Blend Aconcagua Valley
Yellow color. Fruity, umami aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon-lime, pear, and vanilla with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak. A full-bodied white food wine with excellent structure.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218256
Honeywood
White Clover Mead
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, dried apricot, and golden raisin -gooseberry chutney with a velvety, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long honeyed spiced apple and orange and creme brulee finish. A satiny, elegant dessert style mead that drinks like a Beerenauslese.
94 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220938
Trapiche
2016 Oak Cask Malbec
Medium color. Fruity, jammy, fresh, funky aromas of blackberry, plum, pomegranate, and leather with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long , and bacon finish with well-integrated tannins. A full-bodied, jammy, meaty Malbec with a delicate finish.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220633
Johnson Estate
NV May Carbonated White Wine American
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape jelly, wild lemon, and preserved peach with a round, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length roasted nuts, dried pineapple, and cream soda finish with coating, silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An exemplary sparkler with terrific effervescence and a nuanced approach to Vidal blanc.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219431
Signature de Bel-Air
2016 Beaujolais-Villages
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of juicy cherry, cranberry, banana, and violets with an bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, easy warm soil finish with fruit tannins and no oak. There’s nothing simple nor pedestrian about this stellar example of a Beaujolais-Villages.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab