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.

Cruse Wine Co.

Monkey Jacket North Coast Red Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Michael Cruse’s 2017 Monkey Jacket, a Valdiguié/Petite Sirah/Carignan and mixed blacks blend, is dark, racy and absolutely gorgeous. Black cherry, plum, spice and leather notes race out of the glass in this pliant, super-expressive red. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019) — 2 days ago

Matt, Saman and 17 others liked this

Tenuta San Leonardo

Vette di San Leonardo Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Herb-accented aromas of green fig, tomato leaf and white flowers emerge from the glass. Bright floral and white pepper notes add lift to the lively but simple citrus fruit flavors. A subtle herbal nuance lends complexity on the long finish. $25.00 (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, December 2018) — a month ago

Casey, Hermes and 30 others liked this

Terredora di Paolo

Corte di Giso Irpinia Falanghina 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

This bright straw-yellow wine from Campania’s Irpinia district is laced with expressive notes of menthol, ripe apple, botanical herbs and flowers. Rich and dense with a multilayered feel, the 2017 is tactile, complex and absolutely delicious. $18.00 (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, November 2018) — 2 months ago

Keith, Casey and 25 others liked this
Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

I sell this by the glass, excellent wine

Ossian

Quintaluna Rueda Verdejo

Delectable Wine
9.0

Made from 100% Verdejo, this complex, energetic Spanish white is the entry-level bottling of one of Rueda’s top bodegas. The 2016 blends concentration and nerviness with a deft hand, while displaying intense, mineral-laced citrus fruit character, suave floral topnotes and spicy tenacity. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2019) — 10 days ago

Casey, E and 14 others liked this

Talley Vineyards

Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2016 Pinot Noir from Bishop’s Peak, Brian Talley’s entry-level range, delivers the goods for a great price. From a superb vintage, it’s balanced and energetic, deftly playing ripeness off of finesse and showing pure red fruit and floral character, seamless texture and spicy persistence. $24.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2018) — a month ago

Jeff, Andrew and 19 others liked this

Le Domaine Montirius

Garrigues Vacqueyras Grenache Blend 2015

Delectable Wine
9.2

The Grenache-based 2015 Vacqueyras Garrigues presents a riot of vibrant, spice and mineral accented red fruit and floral notes, with just a hint of youthful tannins. It will make a great match for grilled or braised meat and mushroom dishes. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November 2018) — 2 months ago

Casey, Drew and 26 others liked this

L'Ecole No. 41

Luminesce Seven Hills Vineyard Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

This Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blend offers aromas of orange zest, ripe peach and clove lifted by a lemony note. It’s very rich, but not heavy thanks to its citrussy acidity, with tropical fruit and honeysuckle flavors tweaked by a mineral nuance. The finish is dusty, bracing and persistent. $22.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, November 2018) — 3 months ago

Shay, Eric and 35 others liked this

Bedrock Wine Co.

Coast To Foothills 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Bedrock’s 2017 Syrah Coast To Foothills is a stunner. Silky, plush and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 is laced with the essence of sweet red cherry, lavender, rose petal, mint, blood orange and dried flowers. This succulent, inviting Syrah will drink well right out the gate. $24.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019) — 16 days ago

Drew, Brandon and 38 others liked this
Patrick Peters

Patrick Peters

Have had the Zin and was good.

Kellerei St. Michael-Eppan

Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

St. Michael-Eppan’s 2017 Pinot Grigio is laced with aromas and flavors of ripe pear, honey and yellow flowers. Long and luscious on the palate, the 2017 is close in quality to the more expensive, top of the line Auger Pinot Grigio, and that’s almost never the case. $16.00 (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, December 2018) — 2 months ago

Alex, Casey and 32 others liked this

Benito Ferrara

Terra d'Uva Greco di Tufo 1860

Delectable Wine
9.2

Vivid straw in color, Ferrara’s 2017 Greco di Tufo Terra d'Uva is laced with suggestions of lemon zest, white peach and ripe apricot. Rich and dense, but very nicely delineated, with vibrant, harmonious acidity providing lift on the long, mineral finish, the 2017 has plenty of early appeal. $23.00 (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, November 2018) — 2 months ago

P, Jeff and 19 others liked this