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.

Villa Patrizia

Istrico Montecucco Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.1

Villa Patrizia’s 2015 Istrico Montecucco Sangiovese offers up a mix of dusty cherry and plum with balsamic spice, cedar and wild herbs. Velvety yet fresh and poised, with a fruit staining finish and resonating tannin, the 2015 is a beauty today and has plenty of mid-term potential. $23.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, May 2020) — 8 days ago

Alex, Daniel P. and 15 others liked this
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Azienda Agricola San Salvatore

Ceraso Paestum Aglianico 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Ripe blackberry, wild herbs, peppery overtones, and sweet spice waft from this Campanian red, as it gains richness and further cherry-berry depths over time. Its cool-toned finish echos violet florals with a mineral tinge. Enjoy this as a pure glass of zesty, youthful Aglianico. $25.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020) — a month ago

P, Keith and 12 others liked this

Marabino

Rosso di Contrada Nero d'Avola

Delectable Wine
9.0

This drop-dead gorgeous and extroverted Nero d’Avola will win a lot of hearts with its ripe wild berry fruits, backed by exotic spice, and sweet florals. Mineral-drenched cherries are contrasted by grippy acids that make the mouth water, while its spicy finish goes on and on and on. $20.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020) — 2 months ago

Alex, Serge and 27 others liked this

Azienda Agraria Lisini

San Biagio Toscana Sangiovese 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

Lisini’s 2016 San Biagio is 100% Sangiovese from noble terroir in Montalcino. Ripe cherries are laced with minerals and spice, all framed by zesty acids and the crunchy palate presence of the vintage. Cool-toned and silky, the 2016 is fresh, enjoyable and a pleasure to taste. $16.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, May 2020) — 16 days ago

Keith, David and 25 others liked this

Tre Monti

Campo di Mezzo Superiore Sangiovese 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

A rush of ripe red berry fruits waft from the glass, as licorice, sweet spice, and rosy florals join the mix. Silky textures envelope the senses, finishing with saline minerals and youthful tannin. Wow this Emilia-Romagna Sangiovese is an unreal value. $17.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, May 2020) — a month ago

Alex, Phyllis and 24 others liked this

Tenuta Il Poggione

Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Vivid ripe fruit and earth tones create a wonderfully balanced expression, with smoky mineral depths on the palate, contrasted by waves of soft textured raspberry, spice, and a tension-filled finish that goes on and on. Dare I say a baby Brunello? $25.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020) — 2 months ago

Daniel P., P and 30 others liked this

Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Escudo Rojo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Delectable Wine
8.9

This Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca is wonderfully expressive on the nose, with passion fruit, grass, lime and pink grapefruit flavors that open up nicely. It offers terrific aromatic presence and plenty of freshness. $17.00 (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, March 2020) — 2 months ago

P, Doctor and 16 others liked this

Barone di Villagrande

Etna Rosato Carricante Nerello Mascalese

Delectable Wine
9.1

This Nerello Mascalese with a dash of Carricante shows a bouquet of peaches in cream offset by citrus-tinged florals and smoky minerals, then opens to reveal silky richness, leaning toward the savory spectrum, teeming with brisk acids and a hint of spice. A balanced beauty with depths to spare. $20.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, May 2020) — 24 days ago

Jeff, Shayla and 20 others liked this
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Sounds amazing! Does this come into CA?

Donnachiara

Resilienza Beneventano Falanghina 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

This gorgeous white blossoms in the glass to show a seductive mix of dried peaches, sweet herbal tea, hints of kiwi and spice. It floods the palate with oily richness, balanced by brisk acids with ripe peach and hints of mango with a lemon twist. The Donnachiara Resilienza doesn't miss a beat. $19.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020) — a month ago

Ken, Amy and 31 others liked this

Cantine del Notaio

L'Atto Aglianico 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This Aglianico opens with masses of crushed blackberries, sweet spice, and dusty minerals with unreal depth. Creamy textures flood the senses with ripe black fruits, stimulating acidity, saline-minerals and slow-mounting tannins. Finishes sweet and savory, with a bit of tannic heft. $20.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous March 2020) — 2 months ago

P, Keith and 29 others liked this