Best Inexpensive Red Wine

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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
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
216794
Castillo de Albai
2011 Reserva Rioja DOC
Garnet black color. Toasty, complex aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, dark chocolate, spiced berries, and sarsaparilla and leather with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length caramel apple, nuts, earth, and menthol mint finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A delightfully balanced and flavorful Rioja.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216097
Taylors
2015 Merlot
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry tart, melted chocolate mint, and hint of menthol and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long pomegranate-cranberry chutney, nutskin, pepper jelly, and cedar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy merlot with lots of spicy and herbal complexity.
94 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217286
La Marina
2014 Reserva Carmenère
Opaque violet color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of pickled cucumbers and peppers, borscht, dried berries, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long pomegranate chutney and crushed nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A complex, savory Chilean red with a very Old World character.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214197
SeaGlass
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, jammy floral aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, candied violets, chocolate mint, and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length cassis jam on raisin toast, strawberry sorbet, nuts, and sandalwood incense finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome, spicy and vibrant cabernet that will sing with spicy meat dishes.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216387
Echeverria
2014 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Toasty, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, spiced berries, olives and nuts, and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long pickled beets and tomatoes, mossy earth, cedar, and tea finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and layered cabernet with waves of pleasure inducing flavor.
93 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217234
Replica
2014 "Just Right" Cabernet Sauvignon
Minutely hazy medium dusty garnet color. Attractive, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode, chocolate, toasted cedar and spices, and hint of floral incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length mocha creme brulee and toffee finish with light oak. A very smooth and juicy cabernet that is sure to please.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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El Tractor
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, umami aromas and flavors of dried cherries, bacon bits, and picked melon rind with a soft, vibrant, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length bouillon, roasted beets, roasted cocoa-dusted nuts, and pepper finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A great, dry, savory, meaty cabernet.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab