Wines under $20 worth collecting
We have the principles like the economies of scale and phenomena like globalization to thank why it is no longer necessary to pay an arm and a leg in order to procure a respectable wine. Although there are labels that remain unrivaled and, hence, persistently expensive, more and more vineyards are producing excellent bottles that prices are plummeting on account of stiff competition. So today, it is perfectly believable to claim a $20 or below-priced wine could be decent, good and delicious. To prove my point, I have here six of the best wines under $20 that is worthy to be collected.
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2011 or more popularly known as Porcupine hailed from the South African wine estate Boekenhoutskloof. A bottle is valued from $14-$15 dollars. It stands by its syrah heritage with its impeccably bold flavor, laced with blackberry, spice, black pepper, leather and bacon. This is fantastic with any smoked meat.
Now, while American wine producers are not labeled according to wine producing regions, it does not mean that this factor does not matter. There are regions that are highly regarded such as Ravenswood in Napa Valley. It is recognized for the quality and character of its wines. Indeed, there are bottles that are named after this region. The 2010 Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel is a case in point. For as low as $12 you get a bright fruity flavor infused with vanilla and warm spices. It is beautifully strong and sexy.
At this point in the list, I am actually torn between two choices: the Seufert Winery Pinot Noir Cuvee 2007 and the Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009. I appreciate the former, which was produced from the fields of Oregon, for its aroma, with the identifiable hints of strawberry and plum in addition to its delicate smokiness. The latter – a proud product of New Zealand – leans more on the brighter side, with a little dash of herbs here and there. Both of these bottles are great introduction to this type of wine and excellent accompaniment to appetizers and light meal. I am, however, partial to the Seufert (($18+) in terms of taste but only a for a bit. But the Kiwi contender, priced at $11 thereabouts, won hands down in terms of cost. Well, I say, let us choose the Seufert, yes? It is a little superior in taste, but superior, nonetheless. Need I remind you that this is a below-$20 list, after all.
There are, of course, those who would want something different or side with the movement against mass production, preferring their wines to be almost hand crafted, where it is easier to imagine a person laboring and caring how it is made. To this public, the wines from the Old World appeal immensely and they have no qualms about spending money for them. Still, there are wines from these regions that are reasonably priced. In this respect, I recommend Calo Rioja Tempranillo 2010. Made from Spain’s famous wine region, Rioja, the liquor is a bargain. The price ranges from $18 to $20. For some reason, this bottle is mighty popular in Australia considering its burgeoning well-heeled, wine-consuming public and the good number of quality wine produced domestically. Anyway, this bottle is the third vintage release in the Calo Tempranillo label. I assure you, you will love the flavor, which is an amalgamation of vanilla, blueberry and traces of bacon and chicory. Let the bottle be for about six months and consume away! Now, for the same reasons and perhaps more, notwithstanding the pricing, there is also the 2007 Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva. I am listing it here as an alternative. It hovers at the same price point as the Calo but if you are lucky, you could get this for as low as $10! I would like you to take note of the Reserva label. Rioja is known for its strict standards in this respect, so it means that this bottle has been aged for at least 18 months.
We have another Old World value wine in the form of the 2007 Colognole Chianti Rufina. Pedigree, quality and a potential for long-term aging make this bottle truly a gem for only $16. The cost would increase per wine merchant but the stated price is the best so far. Expect to experience the essence of the Apennine Mountains as you partake this excellent spirit. It is most assuredly summery, savory and is well-balanced and truly refined, hence, a classic worthy of a place in your collection.
Finally, I would like to recommend – with a bit of reverence – the 2009 Trimbach Riesling, produced in Alsace, France. There is no better way to describe this except delicious. I could not care less if this shipped from the Old World or from the bowels of the earth; it is divine particularly in this season. This reminded why I was surprised because it is only worth $14. I am willing to shell out much much more than that for this bottle.
So, there: top 6 wines under $20. You would probably have a different list. I would love to hear the content, since I could not claim to have sampled everything. As you know, there is a teeming number of wines produced in vineyards every year.