Another Three Bottles That Have No Business Being Under $10

Last year, I made a post highlighting three spectacular value wines outside of my Wine of the Month feature (a post that for some reason has been getting quite a bit of traffic lately). So I’ve decided to highlight the three wines that I’ve enjoyed the most this year for my everyday drinking. All are still widely available.

ALAMOS MALBEC MENZOZA 2007, 88 Points, $9, 100,000 cases imported- Juicy, minerally red fruit nose with hints of tobacco spice and smoke. Full-bodied flavors of red plum, cherry and fig above spice and a defining stone mineral characteristic throughout. Complex finish with smoke, spice and fruit through the medium length, impressive value.

CONCHA Y TORO CASILLERO DEL DIABLO CARMENERE 2006, 87 Points, $9, 180,000 cases made- Aromas of cocoa powder, black currant and minerally earth lead into a pasty but well-concentrated body of blackberry, cocoa and spicy tobacco. Fruit and spice carry nicely into the medium length, a great value, a bit dry.

HOGUE GEWURTZTRAMINER COLUMBIA VALLEY 2006, 87 Points, $9, 7,070 cases made- Rich body of fragrant pear, lemon and apricot flavors is well-integrated and finishes softly with crisp, not cloying, but slightly sweet fruit flavors.

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