When friends learn we work for a wine magazine, often one of the first questions they ask is, “So, what’s a good wine for $10?” Here are a few of our favorites that we tasted this month.
86 Domaine du Tariquet 2012 Classic (Côtes de Gascogne)
Citrus and yellow fruit dominate this beautifully fruity and bright wine. It’s packed with crisp acidity, light floral flavors and a steely texture. Drink now.
86 Discoveries 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
This shows lots of varietal character, and is for drinking now. It’s dry, full bodied and crisp in acidity, with black currant, cola and cedar flavors.
86 Segura Viudas NV Brut Reserva (Cava)
Standard lemon-lime aromas open this Cava. In the mouth, it’s creamy and soft but not mushy, with candied mango, papaya and vanilla flavors that finish a bit sweet.
86 WildHaven 2012 Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley)
An enjoyable, easy drinker with notes of ripe red apple, apricot and granulated sugar. It’s broad in feel, drinking a touch off dry.
86 Alias 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
Made from 100% Cabernet. It’s dry, full-bodied and tannic, with proper black currant, blackberry, mocha and oak flavors.
86 Bodegas Valdemar 2012 Conde de Valdemar Viura (Rioja)
Waxy apple and melon aromas are basic but fresh. A plump and melony mouthfeel offers enough acidity to lift up flavors of honeydew, papaya and green banana.
87 Villa Dria 2012 Colombard-Sauvignon (Côtes de Gascogne)
Combine two herbaceous grapes in a cool climate and you get this crisply fresh and zesty wine.
86 Bodegas Iranzo 2011 Vertus Wine Made with Organically Grown Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo (Utiel-Requena)
Earth, rubber and leafy notes, spice and plum aromas follow in this 50-50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.
87 For a Song 2012 Riesling (Columbia Valley)
Scents of marshmallows and spun sugar are twined around flavors of lemon, candied-orange peel and English Breakfast tea.