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.

Valravn

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Delectable Wine
8.9

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, from Moon Mountain and Alexander Valley fruit, is endowed with striking aromatic presence, gorgeous ripe red fruit and fabulous balance. Juicy and wonderfully inviting, the 2017 shows how alluring Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon can be. $24.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2020) — 10 hours ago

David, Sharon and 5 others liked this

G.D. Vajra

Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Vajra's 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo is a decidedly brooding, powerful wine that overdelivers big time. Sweet red berry fruit, mint, spice and earthy notes add complexity as the 2018 opens up in the glass. The Nebbiolo emerges from a parcel in Sinio just outside the Barolo production zone. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2019) — a month ago

Alex, Sharon and 57 others liked this

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) — 2 months ago

Casey, Brandon and 14 others liked this

Descendientes de José Palacios

Pétalos Bierzo Mencía 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This Mencía-based wine offers highly expressive cherry and dark berry scents and flavors, with bright mineral and spice topnotes. Concentrated and at the same time lively, the 2017 offers seamless texture and polished tannins, making it delicious now, especially alongside lamb or steak. $20.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2020) — 7 days ago

MICHAEL, Daniel P. and 28 others liked this

Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette

Origine Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais 2019

Delectable Wine
9.0

This delicious Beaujolais-Nouveau (from vines that are up to 85 years old) brims with intense dark berry, floral and spice notes. Mineral overtones add urgency and back end cut to round things out in style. $18.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019) — a month ago

Alex, Casey and 19 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) — 2 months ago

Daniel P., P and 35 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) — 3 months ago

David, Alex and 21 others liked this

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Patelin de Tablas Blanc White Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

This exuberant, eclectic blend of white Rhône varieties delivers ripe melon and pit fruit qualities along with energizing floral, mineral and spice flourishes. It shows silky texture, sharp delineation and impressive, floral-driven persistence. Pair it with rich grilled seafood dishes. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2020) — 15 days ago

Shay, Sam and 31 others liked this
Pinotman /// Andreas

Pinotman /// Andreas

My favorite winery in Paso.
@Wineproz

@Wineproz

I’ve been talking about Tablas Creek forever, glad they are getting some good kudos!

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) — 2 months ago

David, Alex and 15 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) — 3 months ago

Hermes, David and 23 others liked this