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.

Cantine del Notaio

L'Atto Aglianico 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This Aglianico opens with masses of crushed blackberries, sweet spice, and dusty minerals with unreal depth. Creamy textures flood the senses with ripe black fruits, stimulating acidity, saline-minerals and slow-mounting tannins. Finishes sweet and savory, with a bit of tannic heft. $20.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous March 2020) — 11 hours ago

P, Keith and 7 others liked this

Elio Altare

Dolcetto d'Alba 2018

Delectable Wine
8.9

Altare’s 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba offers terrific varietal character to match its mid-weight personality. The 2018 is a bit lighter than most editions - that is the vintage - but it also has tons of nuance in its dark plum, leather, cedar, licorice and tobacco flavors. This is classic Dolcetto. $20.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2020) — a month ago

Brian, Ryan and 30 others liked this
Joseph Barsky

Joseph Barsky

Beautiful place if you get a chance to visit.

Oliver & Lafont

Vacqueyras Red Rhone Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This budget-friendly, expressive red from southern France conveys complexity well beyond its price, with rich bitter cherry, cassis, licorice, floral and herb character and a long, chewy, focused finish. $22.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020) — 2 months ago

Matt, P and 22 others liked this

Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Escudo Rojo Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Delectable Wine
8.9

This Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca is wonderfully expressive on the nose, with passion fruit, grass, lime and pink grapefruit flavors that open up nicely. It offers terrific aromatic presence and plenty of freshness. $17.00 (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, March 2020) — 7 days ago

P, Doctor and 11 others liked this

Librandi

Bianco Critone 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Bright golden-tinged straw color. Passion fruit, gooseberry, sage, banana and pear on the nose and in the mouth. Dense and luscious, finishing long with plenty of freshness and mounting lemon peel bitterness. Very lively. $17.00 (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, March 2020) — 21 days ago

Casey, David and 18 others liked this
Calum Lock

Calum Lock

Stunning smooth fresh with such depth

C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España)

Bela Ribera del Duero 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2017 Bela, an entry-level 100% Tempranillo from the historic CVNE winery, is a tremendous value. It delivers loads of juicy cherry and dark fruit character, with sexy floral and spice notes and harmonious tannins that allow it to be enjoyed now. $18.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020) — 2 months ago

Josh, P and 35 others liked this
Ken Sawtelle

Ken Sawtelle

This is a test

Càntele

Salento Chardonnay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Cantele’s 2018 Chardonnay offers up pleasant, fruity aromas of banana, nectarine, pineapple and herbs. On the palate, it is fresh and juicy, with a bright mouthfeel that lingers nicely. This lovely unoaked Chardonnay hints at tropical fruit without being over the top. $16.00 (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, March 2020) — 14 days ago

Alex, Romain and 21 others liked this

Contini

Pariglia Vermentino di Sardegna 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Clean, piercing lemony and mineral aroma and flavors show above average depth and complexity in this tasty Vermentino from Contini. Long and refined through to the finish, the 2018 strikes me as the best Pariglia in many years. $13.00 (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, March 2020) — a month ago

Josh, Alex and 20 others liked this

Anthill Farms

North Coast Pinot Noir

Delectable Wine
8.9

The NV Pinot Noir (North Coast), a blend of 2017 and 2018 vintages from Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast, is a total knock-out and a great value to boot. Floral, cinnamon and crushed red berry notes grace a mid-weight, gracious Pinot Noir that screams with character. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2020) — a month ago

Keith, Sharon and 32 others liked this

Right Hand Man

Central Coast 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This super-expressive wine is Syrah through and through, with its spice- and smoke-tinged black and blue fruit, candied licorice and floral qualities, and strong suggestion of cracked pepper. Showing fine definition, supple tannins and a long, spicy finish, it delivers amazing value. $20.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2020) — 2 months ago

David, Josh and 23 others liked this