Best Inexpensive Wine

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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
216705
Frost Bitten
2015 Ice Wine Riesling
Golden straw color. Attractive, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of spicy peach compote, flan, and pineapple cake with a velvety, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, long candied apricot, mango sorbet, and acacia honey finish with no oak. A delicious, mouthwatering dessert wine rivaling some of America’s best at a price that is hard to beat.
96 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216467
Racines de Lauriga
2015 Côtes Catalanes IGP
Garnet black color. Inviting, interesting aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, berry chutney, and caramelized apricots with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length black cherry and raspberry, marinated beets, roasted nuts and cedar, and melon finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A lively, savory red with excellent structure and layers of flavor.
95 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217085
Axel
2014 Carmenère
Bright violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, olives, currant chutney, and clay and leather with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long delicate spice, chocolate mint, and forest floor finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A sumptuous and supple Old World styled Carmenère for all occasions.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216880
Santo Stefano
NV Lambrusco Italy
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced peaches, plums, and apples, nougat, and grape skin with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cherry compote and lime sorbet finish with fine tannins and no oak. A very toothsome and mouthwatering Lambrusco that will be quite versatile.
94 points $8 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
216568
Salt of the Earth
2015 Moscato Rubino California
Bright medium ruby black color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy berry and cherry sorbets, strawberry rhubarb pie, and suede with a satiny, tangy, petillant, sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, long apricot jam, peach soda, and candied citrus finish with fine tannins and no oak. A rich, concentrated dessert wine with great purity of fruit.
94 points $11.99 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
217630
Samson Estates
NV Cassis Black Currant Dessert Wine
Ruby garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of warm cassis compote, chocolate mint, and spiced nuts with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long cranberry sauce, eucalyptus lemon lozenge, and menthol tobacco finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich, spicy fruit wine with great dimension and length.
94 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab