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The New York Times: 20 Reds Under $20

Eric Asimov of The New York Times recently wrote an article: 20 Reds Under $20: Where the Values Live, for Now. The article listed a diverse selection of wines, from around the world, that stood out to him as exceptional values. Well, once again we loved his choices, as we happen to carry many of them!

Below you will find the wines we have in stock with their The New York Times review.

Who doesn’t love a good bargain? 

Enjoy!

 

Kokkinos Naoussa Xynomavro Greece 2015
Shelf Price $18.99
Sale Price $16.97
 

Newcomers to the xinomavro grape, seeking reference points to describe its characteristics, will often point to the Nebbiolo wines of northwestern Italy. This xinomavro from Naoussa in northern Greece suggests the comparison is apt. The dark tarlike fruit, acidity, and firm tannins are reminiscent of Nebbiolo, yet there’s also a brightness that is xinomavro’s own. Serve it with — what else? — lamb chops. - The New York Times

 

Onabay Vineyards Cabernet Franc Cot fermented Long Island 2017
Shelf Price $19.99
Sale Price $17.97 

Write-up was on the 2016 vintage which is sold out.

The name of this juicy, herbal, balanced wine, Côt-Fermented, is a pun that requires maybe more explanation than it’s worth, but here goes. It’s a blended wine, 90 percent cabernet franc and 10 percent malbec. The grapes are fermented together, or co-fermented. Côt, pronounced coe, is the local Loire Valley name for Malbec, and this wine is made in a Loire style, lighter on its feet than many Bordeaux-style cab francs, not to mention North Fork renditions. Côt-fermented indeed .- The New York Times

 

Louis-Antoine Luyt Pipeno Portezuelo 2019 (Liter) 
Shelf Price $17.99
Sale Price $15.97 

Louis-Antoine Luyt is a French émigré who makes wine in Chile. In addition to his own wines, he works with a set of growers, including Ernesto Soto in the Maule Valley, who make Pipeño, a traditional, refreshing Chilean wine that goes back almost as far as the country itself. This one is made entirely from a very old vineyard of país, better known as mission, the grape brought to the New World by Spanish missionaries. It’s light, fresh and delicious, and goes down very easily. - The New York Times

 

Fattoria Rodano Chianti Classico 2016
Shelf Price $17.99
Sale Price $15.97
 

This is a weighty, intense Chianti, rich and complicated, with a lot going on. It’s not the sort of focused wine that delivers sangiovese flavors with laserlike clarity, but instead is a fascinating collection of fruit, herbal and earthy sensations that nonetheless make for a delicious wine. - The New York Times

 

Vina Zorzal Garnacha Navarra 2017
Shelf Price $11.99
Sale Price $9.97 

This fragrant, floral red, made from old-vine garnacha, is one of the best deals I have seen in a while. It’s lively and spicy, and while not especially complex, it’s fresh, juicy and offers unexpected nuances. Serve lightly chilled. - The New York Times

 

Ioppa Nebbiolo Colline Novaresi DOC 2018
Shelf Price $17.99
Sale Price $15.97
 

Good nebbiolo doesn’t just come from the Langhe. All over the northern Piedmont, higher altitude nebbiolo wines, often easier to consume when young than those from the Langhe, come from areas like Ghemme, Gattinara and Colline Novaresi, just to name a few. This one — from Ioppa, a small, family operation based in Ghemme — is just plain delicious, emphasizing the easy-drinking, dark-fruited side of nebbiolo. - The New York Times

 

Monje Listan Negro Tradicional 2016
Shelf Price $19.99
Sale Price $16.97
 

The scattering of volcanic islands just off the southwest coast of Morocco known as the Canary Islands produces wonderful wines that are often great values. This one comes from Monje, a good family estate on Tenerife, in the center of the chain. It’s made largely of the listán negro grape, blended with a little negramoll and some listán blanco, a white grape better known as palomino. It’s lovely and slightly exotic with the barest tannic grip. - The New York Times

 

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