7 Budget-Friendly Pours
Worried about what bottles to bring to your big Thanksgiving feast? There's no need to break the bank for wines that can be enjoyed by everyone at your table. Here's the perfect shopping list of budget-friendly, big flavor wines. >>>
91 Château Clairac 2012 Tradition Red (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)
This is fruity and juicy with good acidity and fresh berry fruits. The 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend has the right amount of tannic character, showing structure that brings out ripe red fruits and indicates good potential. Drink from 2017. Best Buy. —R.V.
abv: N/A Price: $15
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. — A.I.
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. — K.O.
abv: 13.5% Price: $13
89 Palacio de Bornos 2013 Verdejo (Rueda)
Nettle, jalapeño, lettuce leaf and citrus aromas feed into a juicy palate with plenty of acidic cut. Arugula, bell pepper and lime flavors finish crisp, fresh and clean but with little to no evolution off the palate. Best Buy. —M.S.
abv: 13.5% Price: $13
88 Cramele Halewood 2013 La Umbra Rosé (Colinele Dobrogei)
This playful pink has fun aromas of cinnamon, red berry and bubble gum that lead to flavors of sour cherry and red plum on the palate. The finish is big, fruity and generous. Best Buy. — J.J.
abv: 12.5% Price: $9
87 Château Briot 2013 Réserve Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)
Fresh red berry flavors and crisp acidity give this light and almost dry wine an attractive crisp quality. A squeeze of lemon adds to the freshness. Best Buy.—R.V.
abv: 12% Price: $12
85 CK Mondavi 2012 Scarlet Five Wildcreek Canyon Red (California)
This flavorful, lively red wine was made with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, but it doesn’t fall easily into a category. Earthy, herbal aromas turn spicy, smoky and rich with raspberry and blackberry flavors as you sip. The other four Bordeaux red grape varieties complete the blend. Best Buy. —J.G.
abv: 13.6% Price: $7