8 outstanding red wines that sell for $15 or less

on 29/01/14 at 5:36 pm

Wine

imagesIf your resolutions for a better 2014 include saving money and drinking more wine, then read on. As Washington grows and solidifies its position as the country’s No. 2 wine-producing state while increasing quality, more of the value-priced red wines keep providing incredible quality. The only problem might be finding those values, as growing grapes and making wine are becoming more expensive. Fortunately, we can rely on several wineries to offer red wines in that “best buy” sweet spot of $15 and below.

Here are a few examples we have tasted in the past couple of months that will leave more money in your bank account without having to sacrifice quality. Vino La Monarcha 2010 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $15: Victor Palencia returned to his college town of Walla Walla to open his new boutique winery in the incubator buildings near the airport, and this Merlot he’s pouring there comes off the Wahluke Slope, an area he continues to source as head winemaker for Jones of Washington. It opens with youthful aromas of dusty Bing cherry, plum, blueberry, vanilla and freshly cut cedar. That theme of purple and blue fruit carries to the palate, which features modest frontal tannins, pomegranate acidity and dried herbs in the finish. MORE