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.

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) — 5 days ago

P, Jeff and 6 others liked this

Raventos i Blanc

de Nit Rosé Cava Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

This energetic pink bubbly from one of Spain’s iconic producers displays intense red berry, blood orange and floral character with a mineral flourish. Chewy and tightly focused, the 2016 shows a refreshingly bitter edge on a dry, persistent finish that emphatically repeats the floral theme. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2018) — a month ago

Hermes, P and 29 others liked this

Gård Vintners

Lawrence Vineyards Freyja White Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

With its aromas and flavors of lime ice, grapefruit pith, white peach, anise and minerals, this vibrant, penetrating blend of Roussanne and Viognier may be Washington’s best white wine bargain. And its tactile texture and brisk acidity make it supremely accommodating at the dinner table. $16.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, September 2018)
— 2 months ago

Ellen, Maria and 20 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) — 12 days ago

Shay, Eric and 19 others liked this

Bodegas Olivares

Altos de la Hoya Ungrafted Old Vines Jumilla 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

With its suave blend of rich dark fruit and energetic floral and spice qualities, this juicy Spanish red will pair well with a range of foods, especially grilled meats. It also drinks wonderfully by itself. Supple tannins and subtle grip keep the exuberant fruit in check. $15.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2018) — a month ago

Keith, Matt and 29 others liked this

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Patelin de Tablas Blanc White Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

The entry-level white Rhône blend from Tablas Creek, one of Paso Robles’ iconic producers, is highly perfumed and energetic, displaying a mélange of vivid citrus and orchard fruit. Hints of anise and dusty minerals add complexity and carry through an impressively long, lively finish. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2018) — 2 months ago

Shay, Casey and 19 others liked this

Giuseppe Cortese

Barbera d'Alba 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Cortese’s 2017 Barbera d'Alba is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Plump, racy and exuberant, the 2017 is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next few years. The purity of the fruit really stands out, while aging in steel and cement helps retain finesse and overall freshness. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018) $22.00 — 2 months ago

Alex, Keith and 27 others liked this

Turley

Old Vines California Zinfandel 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

Black cherry, plum, licorice, spice, menthol are all pushed forward in this succulent, expressive old vine Zinfandel from Turley. Floral and spiced notes add a gorgeous aromatic upper register to balance things out in a wine that captures all the sheer appeal of the 2016 vintage. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2018) — 19 days ago

Matt, Shay and 35 others liked this

Casasmith

Cinghiale Wahluke Slope & Rosebud Vineyards Sangiovese 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

For the second straight year, this Washington Sangiovese captivates with its varietally precise aromas and flavors of red berries, dried cherry, menthol and flowers. Its succulent balance of fruit sweetness and acidity and its excellent back-end grip make it a flexible dinner companion. $20.00 (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, October 2018) — 25 days ago

Matt, Casey and 24 others liked this

Broadside

Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Delectable Wine
9.0

Striking a suave balance of power and finesse, this Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon evokes ripe dark fruits, with a woodsmoke nuance in the background. There’s impressive depth of flavor here and smooth, even tannins that frame a long, focused finish. Drink now or cellar it with confidence. $16.00(Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2018) — 2 months ago

Shay, Sharon and 29 others liked this
Matt McQuown

Matt McQuown

Not a 9... C’mon.