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.

L'Ecole No. 41

Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sémillon 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This pungent, pristine Sémillon entices with scents of lemon curd and orange blossom. Dense and lively on the palate, it conveys a subtle touch of honeyed sweetness to its juicy flavors of citrus peel, white stone fruits, flowers and minerals. The palate-dusting finish is long and alive. $21.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, October 2019) — 3 hours ago

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Just tried this, superb new release 👌

Montepeloso

A Quo Costa Toscana Cabernet Sauvignon Montepulciano 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

A Quo, Montepeloso’s entry-level wine, is positively stellar in 2016. Sweet red cherry, plum, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, rose petal, mint and sweet spice are pushed forward in this racy, beautifully layered Cabernet Sauvignon/Montepulciano-based blend. I love the sense of energy here. $24.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2019) — a month ago

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Erna Kristin

Erna Kristin

Fantastic wine

Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup

Comme Trois Poissons dans l'Eau Pic Saint-Loup Rosé 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Compelling for its blend of richness and finesse, this intriguing Rosé from southern France shows intense, mineral-accented red fruit and floral character. Creamy texture and depth of flavor belies its vibrancy, finishing with superb persistence and leaving a suave honeysuckle note behind. $19.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2019) — 2 months ago

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J. Wilkes

Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Lemon peel, tangerine, flowers and chamomile all grace the exquisite, creamy, vivid 2017 Chardonnay from J. Wilkes. Beautifully layered yet also light on its feet, with tons of Santa Maria character, the 2017 is a winner. Best of all, this absolutely delicious Chardonnay is a remarkable value. $22.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2019) — 8 days ago

David, Maxence and 10 others liked this

Efeste

Feral Evergreen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

This reliably delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Washington’s cool Ancient Lakes area is brilliant in 2018, offering penetrating aromas and flavors of lime blossom, grapefruit, lemongrass, anise and beeswax. It’s also remarkably supple for a bone-dry wine with bracing acidity. $22.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, September 2019) — 22 days ago

P, Casey and 16 others liked this

Trapiche

Pure Valle De Uco Malbec 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

This juicy essence of Malbec boasts terrific violet lift to its pristine aromas and flavors of blackberry and spices. Fine-grained, sharply delineated and intense, this weightless Malbec, made entirely without oak, finishes savory and persistent. An energetic fruit bomb with great gulpability. $15.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, September 2019) — a month ago

Sharon, P and 22 others liked this

Château Gassier

Esprit Gassier Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend

Delectable Wine
9.0

This lively, finely detailed Rosé offers fresh strawberry, peach and jasmine flavors, along with subtle floral and herb nuances. Silky and energetic in style, it shows seamless texture and real energy on the finish. The 2018 is simply impossible to resist. $22.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2019) — 2 months ago

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Clos De La Roilette

Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Gamay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

The Coudert family makes cellar-worthy Fleurie that’s also delicious on the young side. The 2018 shows the expressive dark fruit of the vintage, but there’s real finesse on display as well. Enjoy it now with grilled chicken or through fall and winter with Coq au Vin or mushroom-centric dishes. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2019) — 15 days ago

John, Sharon and 23 others liked this

Chateau Du Moulin À Vent

Couvent des Thorins Moulin-à-Vent Gamay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This benchmark domaine’s entry-level Moulin-à-Vent displays deep cherry and dark berry character, along with the power and structure that defines the appellation. The 2017 is fruit-forward and a bit of air brings out vibrant mineral and floral qualities while taming its youthful tannins. $24.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2019) — a month ago

Keith, Doug and 22 others liked this

Tenuta di Collosorbo

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

Collosorbo's 2016 Rosso di Montalcino offers terrific density and plushness, qualities that are so typical of the wines from this part of the appellation. Succulent dark cherry, mocha, spice, leather and licorice all meld together in a deep, resonant Rosso that exudes richness and intensity. $23.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2019) — 2 months ago

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