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.

Domaine Les Ondines

Vacqueyras Grenache Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This spicy, Grenache-based Vacqueyras exudes Provençal lushness and charm, with abundant raspberry, bitter cherry and floral notes. Substantial enough for rich winter fare, the 2017 also has the energy to pair well with lighter foods. It’s still young, so a quick decant is in order. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019) — 6 days ago

David, Alex and 12 others liked this

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Cuvée Oumuamua 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Randall Grahm steered Bonny Doon’s flagship wine in an elegant direction in 2018. It shows vibrant red berry, cherry and floral character, with herb and spice notes building with aeration. Polished and animated in character, the 2018 is graceful and remarkably flexible with a range of foods. $20.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November 2019) — a month ago

Hermes, David and 22 others liked this

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) — 2 months ago

John, Sharon and 29 others liked this

Clos De La Roilette

Cuvée Christal Fleurie Gamay

Delectable Wine
9.2

This textbook Beaujolais displays raspberry, cherry and floral pastille character while dusty mineral and baking spice nuances lend complexity and lift. Juicy, balanced and finely detailed, the 2018 provides immense pleasure now but will only get more interesting over the next few years. $20.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November 2019) — 20 days ago

Daniel P., P and 27 others liked this

Fattoria La Massa

Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
8.9

The entry-level 2017 La Massa is rich, sumptuous and fabulously delicious. Supple and easygoing, La Massa packs a serious punch. Best of all, it is a terrific value. Short macerations bring out tons of juiciness in this forward, voluptuous, affordable red. $20.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2019) — a month ago

David, Alex and 18 others liked this

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) — 2 months ago

Shay, Sharon and 20 others liked this
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Agricola Querciabella

Mongrana Maremma Toscana SuperTuscan Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
8.9

Querciabella's 2016 Mongrana is gracious and very pretty, with lovely floral and red berry character. This Sangiovese-based Maremma red blend has so much to offer. I would prefer to drink it young, while the fruit remains vibrant. Best of all the 2016 is a superb value for an estate wine. $22.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2019) — a month ago

Casey, Brandon and 13 others liked this

Turley

Old Vines California Zinfandel 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Turley’s 2018 Zinfandel Old Vines is a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value. Sweet dark cherry, new leather, spice, menthol, licorice and red flower all open up effortlessly. Medium in body yet fleshy and wonderfully deep, the 2018 is absolutely delicious. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2019) — 2 months ago

Shay, Daniel P. and 30 others liked this

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) — 2 months ago

David, Maxence and 20 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) — 2 months ago

P, Casey and 17 others liked this