Every wine lover wants that perfect marriage of quality and price when choosing a bottle to enjoy, but with so many selections to choose from, how do you prevent from becoming disappointed? For red wine drinkers, the key is to find a wine that offers balance on the palate while retaining an inviting complexity on the nose. When hunting for something new however – trust the experts to steer you in the right direction. There are critics who make it their mission to seek out the best wine. To guide the public towards bottles worthy of attention and to deter them from undrinkable selections, they developed a point system (where 90+ points established a truly impressive bottle).
These days, many busy metropolitan wine consumers are looking online — rather than the liquor store — to find their next bottle of red. If you look online for great deals on wine you’ll find a variety of top quality, 90+ point bottles of red for under twenty dollars if you know where to look. Retailers like Wine Online for example make it easy by allowing you to search for these wines right from the homepage of their site, and even sort them by price. The first page alone will give you a selection of stellar bottles from famous regions like South Australia, Tuscanny, and Rjoja for as little as $13.95. There’s no need to keep searching stores in hopes of finding something worthy; order and these prized bottles will be delivered straight to your home, typically within four business days.
For a delicious and bold blend of reds consider the Côtes du Rhone La Devèze by Domaine de Dionysos, vintage 2014. This 91-point bottle from the Southern Rhone region of France offers aromas and flavours of fresh crushed raspberries, black olives, pepper, lavender and wild herbs. On the palate it has a silky texture, and gentle lingering finish. This bottle is composed of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault grapes so if you plan to let it sit and age a while, the flavours will come together even more.
Alternatively, try the Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra by Kingston Estate, vintage 2015 from Australia. This 93-point bottle is elegant with full bodied flavours like black-currant, blueberry, and cassis, enhanced by hints of mint and mild herbs as well as a smooth oak finish. It pairs well with hearty foods like tomato-based pastas, red meats, strong cheeses and dark chocolate.
For a red that is more floral try the 90-point Rios de Tinta Ribera del Duero by Isaac Fernandez Selección, vintage 2015 from Spain. It’s got a brilliant violet colour thanks to the Tempranillo grapes. It is also bright and focused on the nose, with an array of dark fruit and floral aromas; it even has undercurrents of licorice and cola. On the palate it offers vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavours, closing juicy and long with a lingering florality.
You don’t necessarily need to go out of your budget to get a good quality bottle of red – simply do your research, keep the point system in mind, and choose a retailer that makes those hard-to-find options more accessible. Not only will you find something within your price range, but you’re sure to find a gorgeous wine that’ll have you coming back for more.