Best Inexpensive Red Wine

Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Merlot
95 points
$10
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of bacon wrapped dates, chocolate espresso bean, bubbly berry pie crust, and bbq sweet potato chip with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of plum tart, spiced nuts, and cedar with chewy, earthy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A rich, oak-forward Merlot with bright fruit and grippy tannins that is a real pleasure to savor.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2018 Suscol Vista Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$16
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black currant, black olive , dark chocolate, fresh violet, and fennel with a velvety, lively, dry full body and a peppery, elegant, very long finish with notes of baked blackberry, fig, eucalyptus, and cedar with heavy oak flavor. A lush and mighty Napa Cabernet that broods with dark fruits while still showing nuance of purple flowers and herbs.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value US Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points $16 Best Buy
Shenandoah Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Franc
95 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of raspberry thumbprint cookies, grilled ladyfingers, redwood, and pimento with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate mousse and baklava finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent and distinctive Cabernet Franc that assuages the palate with creamy oak and enlivens with snappy fruit and charming terroir.
Awards: 2021 Best Cabernet Franc
95 points $20 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$8
Best Buy
Black violet color. Floral aromas of spiced plum, blackberry and jasmine tea with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity full body and a warming, thought-provoking, very long toasted stollen, hints of rose, apricot, and chocolate-covered raspberry jam finish with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. The boldest Columbia Valley Cabernet; unrelenting flavor and structure here to last a long cellaring, though this is undeniably delicious right now.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $8 and Under' Exceptional Value
94 points $8 Best Buy
Good Natured 2020 Balanced Red Blend Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, grilled beets and carrots, pencil eraser, and bacon with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-length finish manifesting notes of cranberry, plum pie, spiced nuts, and cedar with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely, well-balanced lightly smoky, meaty red for grilling and chilling.
94 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of grilled and pickled peppers, smoked nuts, and craisin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting nuances of cinnamon blueberry tart, vanilla cream, cedar, and oolong with drying, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delightful, oak-accented red blend tailor-made for a meaty meal.
94 points $10 Best Buy
Coda Rossa 2018  Merlot
94 points
$16
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of blistered berries, grilled root vegetables, green bell pepper, fava beans, and earth with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long mixed berry tart, tomato leaf, caramel, white peppercorn, and tobacco finish with moderate oak flavor. A charmingly green and smoky Merlot with great body and lengthy finish.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Chloe 2018  Merlot
94 points
$17
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of fine leather, tiramisu, roasted cherries, and fine black pepper with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, very complex, very long pickled plums, suede, and roasted nuts in chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. A decadent Merlot with the varietal’s hallmark plushness; delicious depth of flavor.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value US Merlot
94 points $17 Best Buy
Wakefield 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, boysenberry, and rosemary with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with notes of black cherries, raspberry jam, black olives, and cured meats with drying tannins and heavy oak flavor. A robust Cabernet that brings herbal nuance, savory meatiness, and dense fruit to the table.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Red
94 points $18 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2016  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry tobacco, cocoa, and vintage leather with a tannic, racy, dry full body and a warming, very long finish revealing notes of cranberry sage jam, rose hip, cured meats, and juniper with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Complexity abounds in this Brunello; easily pair with show-stopping meals or allow it to unfold in the glass over long conversations.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Tuscan Red
94 points $19.99 Best Buy