Vinous Favorites

Wines don't have to be expensive to be delicious. Each week in Vinous Favorites, the Vinous editorial team picks a terrific wine that can usually be found for less than $25.

Bodega Amalaya

Gran Corte Malbec 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

This deeply-colored barrel selection of Malbec from Argentina’s northerly Salta region offers aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, licorice and saline minerality, with its sweetness leavened by brisk high-altitude acidity. Rather soft tannins should give this perfumed wine wide appeal. $20.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2019) — 6 hours ago

Hermes, Alex and 4 others liked this

Bodega Piedra Negra

Reserve Valle de Uco Malbec 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

From Los Chacayes, Uco Valley’s newest official appellation, this stylish Malbec offers pure, complex aromas and flavors of blackberry, violet, spices and brushy herbs accented by a minty nuance. Displaying refined tannins, the vibrant finish spreads out to saturate and perfume the mouth. $17.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

Livio, David and 14 others liked this

Dominio del Plata (Susana Balbo)

Signature Valle De Uco Malbec 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

This vibrant Malbec from high-altitude vines shows terrific varietal intensity and chalky mineral lift to its black cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Offering exceptional inner-mouth tension for Malbec in its relatively gentle price range, it’s delicious already thanks to its suave tannins. $24.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

Alex, Brandon and 27 others liked this
Vasanth Balakrishnan

Vasanth Balakrishnan

“Inner-mouth tension” might be what I’ve seen usually missing from Malbecs - depth and complexity.
Carline Bengtsson

Carline Bengtsson

This wine made me a Malbec lover ❤️

Castello di Ama

Purple Rose 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Ama’s 2018 Purple Rose is a saignée of Sangiovese fermented partly in a combination of steel and oak (30%). Rich and textured, with lovely depth, the 2018 is silky, perfumed and light on its feet. It has more than enough complexity and depth to drink well with a wide range of foods. $22.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2019) — 7 days ago

Alex, Livio and 23 others liked this

Terrazas de Los Andes

Reserva Mendoza Chardonnay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Sophisticated beyond its price, this vibrant, spicy midweight Chardonnay delivers a silky texture; inviting notes of yellow peach, pineapple, lemon zest, hazelnut and dusty wild herbs; and slowly building sweetness after an austere start. An element of saline minerality adds another dimension. $19.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2019) — 19 days ago

Vasanth, Amy and 16 others liked this

Areyna

Valle de Cafayate Torrontés 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

This sharply focused Torrontés offers enticing floral lift and nuances of lychee, limestone, menthol and thyme. Its complex, expressive flavors of lemon, flowers and herbs are tactile and penetrating, and it finishes with gripping salty minerality. I could gulp this all through a summer’s day. $15.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2019) — 2 months ago

David, Casey and 21 others liked this
Casey @ Travelling Corkscrew

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Love Torrontés! Will keep an eye out for this one 🥂

J.K. Carriere

Provocateur Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

J.K. Carriere’s entry-level Willamette Valley Pinot really shines in 2016. An elegant wine from an outstanding vintage, it smoothly blends generous New World fruit expression with Old World earthiness and balance. The 2016 is delicious right now but it can age, too. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2019) — 2 months ago

Matt, P and 22 others liked this

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles Rosé Grenache Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

A balanced, concentrated Rosé that deftly marries power with elegance. Displays juicy red berry, citrus and pit fruit qualities and a suave floral overtone. It’s rich enough to work with assertively seasoned, grilled foods but also has enough liveliness to enjoy by itself. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, July 2019) — 14 days ago

Alex, Shay and 28 others liked this
Blair Ridder

Blair Ridder

Tablas Creek makes such great wine! I have never tried their rose but seeing your post inspires me to search some out.

Foxglove

Central Coast Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

A stunning value, the 2017 Chardonnay from Foxglove is soft, supple and absolutely delicious. Light tropical notes, lemon confit, white flowers and bright acids give the 2017 striking nuance as well as character. Aging in steel keeps the flavors vibrant. $16.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

Matt, David and 32 others liked this

Sottimano

Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

Sottimano’s 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo is a terrific example of the year. Crushed flowers, spice and bright red berry fruit all meld together in this very pretty, expressive Nebbiolo from Barbaresco-designated vineyards. The 2016 is an overachieving wine in its peer group, and absolutely delicious. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019) — 2 months ago

Alex, Peggy and 35 others liked this
Carolyn Kemp

Carolyn Kemp

Pure, delineated, youthfully expressive Nebbiolo from Barbaresco. Sottimano exceeds expectations
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