7 Wallet-Friendly Wines

These picks will barely make a dent in your holiday budget.

With Christmas around the corner, it’s no surprise you’re feeling the holiday wallet pinch. To help you get through the rest of the season, Wine Enthusiast wrangled up some highly rated bottles that won’t break the bank.

92 Kiona 2013 Late Harvest Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))
A stellar wine at Kiona for decades, this includes 11% Gewürztraminer in the blend, and is finished at 83 g/L residual sugar. The palate impression is more juicy than sweet, with rich fruit flavors of ripe grapefruit, peach and apricot. The balance, acidity, length and texture are spot on. Best Buy. —Paul Gregutt
abv: 9.9%       Price: $15

91 Murphy-Goode 2013 The Fumé Sauvignon Blanc (North Coast)
Crisp citrus aromas and fresh lemon and grapefruit flavors define this medium-bodied, appetizing and unapologetic wine. With lots of personality, a tingly texture and tangy finish, it’s just the thing for appetizers and first courses. Best Buy. —Jim Gordon
abv: 13.9%    Price: $14

89 Keuka Lake Vineyards 2013 Gently Dry Vignoles (Finger Lakes)
Sun-kissed pineapple and tart mango entice on the nose of this unusually refined off-dry Vignoles. It’s lusciously ripe on the palate, bursting with yellow cherry and tangerine flavors, but streaked by racy lemon acidity. The finish is elegantly lingers on a dried sage note. Best Buy. —Anna Lee Iijima
abv: 13.2%    Price: $14

89 Podere Ruggeri Corsini 2013 Rosin Rosato (Langhe)
Aromas of red rose petals and perfumed red berries jump out of the glass of this spicy rosato made with Nebbiolo. The lively palate offers creamy wild cherry, crushed raspberry and cinnamon alongside vibrant acidity. Best Buy. —Kerin O’Keefe
abv: 13.%       Price: $13

89 Leira 2013 Albariño (Rías Baixas)
Apricot, melon, buttercup and white-flower aromas are pure Albariño. This is fresh on the tongue, with peach, melon, mango and other tropical flavors. The finish is linear and shows good acidity and length. Best Buy. —Michael Schachner
abv: 12.5%    Price: $14

88 Château les Arromans 2013 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Entre-Deux-Mers)
Intensely herbaceous, this is a crisp, lemon and grapefruit-driven wine. Bright and fruity, it has a touch of minerality to keep it structured. Drink now. Best Buy. —Roger Voss
abv: 12%       Price: $12

86 Pietra Santa 2012 Route 152 Pinot Noir (Central Coast)
This wine leans toward the brown-orange side of the Pinot Noir scale, with burnt orange, cranberry and whiffs of anise. Cooked fruits dominate the palate, with fruitcake and gingerbread flavors. Best Buy. —Matt Kettmann
abv: 14.4%    Price: $10

Published on December 12, 2014
Topics: Wine Recommendations, Wine Values



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