Best Inexpensive Red Wine

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
217410
La Quercia
2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Bright dark garnet black color. Earthy, fresh aromas and flavors of mulberry compote, dried apricot, nougat, and marinated meat and mushroom with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length spiced apple, cherry and pear, nut, and grassy earth finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A fun combination of fruit and earthy, meaty rusticity.
94 points $13 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
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
218996
Axel
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of blue eucalyptus, menthol mint, and blueberry cobbler with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long spiced berries and blood oranges, pistachio and cherry and watermelon gelati finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A rich, spicy cabernet with impressive complexity and depth.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221028
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Love Symbol Grenache
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of black raspberry torte and huckleberry jam on raisin toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, long blueberry cobbler a la mode, apple tart, vanilla toffee, and marinated beets and yams finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and light oak. A decadently delicious Grenache that will captivate and delight.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220950
Sierras de Bellavista
2015 Single Vineyard Merlot
Dusty garnet black color. Mature aromas of rose scented black tea, forest floor, soy-ginger glazed Chinese sausage, and white pepper and ripe red watermelon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long cherry and dried chipotle pepper, anise and blood orange, raspberry jam filled dark chocolate, and sautéed mushrooms finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. This Bordeaux inspired red from Chile will be a knockout at a dinner party.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220060
Kirkland Signature
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright garnet black color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, caramelized bacon, toffee, and leather with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length boysenberry jam, cocoa-dusted nuts, and minerals finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A silky, satisfying cabernet with a great sense of place.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab