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.

Marietta

Roman Estate Grown Zinfandel Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

Marietta’s 2016 Román is a tasty Zinfandel-based blend with dollops of Petite Sirah and Barbera. Succulent cherry, plum, spice and leather are all propped up by bright acids in a juicy, forward red that delivers superb quality for the money. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018) — 3 days ago

Shay, Maria and 10 others liked this

G.D. Vajra

Dolcetto d'Alba 2016

Delectable Wine
8.9

Varietal inky blue/purplish fruit and spice flavors come through loud and clear in Vajra’s 2016 Dolcetto d’Alba. Supple at the outset, but with good tannic grip, Vajra's Dolcetto delivers superb quality for the money. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2018) — a month ago

Maria, La and 5 others liked this

Château Pezat

Pezat Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Delectable Wine
8.9

The 2015 Pezat Red, Jonathan Maltus's entry-level red, is flat-out delicious. Sweet red cherry and plum fruit are front and center in this racy, open-knit wine. There is much to like, including the wine's very accessible price. I would prefer to drink this succulent Saint-Émilion over the next few years, while the fruit retains its youthful vibrancy. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, Feb 2018) — 2 months ago

Mike, Maria and 2 others liked this

Franck Balthazar

Côtes Du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

Lush and expansive on the nose, with intense red/blue fruit scents and hints of cola, dark chocolate and mint. Smooth and sweet, with sappy black raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Clings very nicely on a smooth, broad finish shaped by supple, even tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2018) — 10 days ago

La, Maria and 1 other liked this

Brooks

Meyer Vineyards Riesling 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

This dry, nervy Oregon Riesling exhibits pure citrus, orchard fruit and floral character, along with smoky mineral overtones. Focused in style, with no excess fat and a vibrant, incisive finish, the 2016 shows superb clarity and tension. It will be fantastic with fish and shellfish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2018) — a month ago

Maria, Devon and 3 others liked this

Château Routas

Côteaux Varois en Provence Cinsault Blend

Delectable Wine
9.0

This textbook Provençal Rosé exhibits lovely red berry, orange zest character along with subtle floral and herb nuances, while smoothly blending power and elegance. Juicy acidity adds freshness. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018) $15 — 2 months ago

Dan, Sharon and 55 others liked this

Domaine Ruet

"Les Grands Cras" Morgon Gamay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

This seductively perfumed Beaujolais perfectly captures the charm of the vintage: balance, tension and seamless texture, with noteworthy purity and energy, make the Grand Cras Irresistible now, although a little patience will bring greater depth and complexity. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018) $24 — 2 months ago

Sharon, Scott and 34 others liked this

Jean-Luc Colombo

Les Fées Brunes Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2016

Delectable Wine
9.0

The Colombo family does a fine job in other appellations than Cornas, as with this sappy, energetic and highly perfumed Crozes-Hermitage. Already showing intense blackberry and floral character, it will improve over the coming decade. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2018) — 17 days ago

Maria liked this

Domaine Faury

L'Art Zélé Syrah 2015

Delectable Wine
9.0

Sourced from vines abutting Côte-Rôtie, Faury’s L’Art Zélé is a textbook northern Rhône Syrah. It displays dark berry, violet and olive character, along with a spicy pepper nuance and sharp delineation on a very long, tangy finish. Faury is among the region’s brightest young stars. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2018) — 24 days ago

Maria, Jeff and 1 other liked this

Thibault Liger-Belair

Les Deux Terres Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine
8.9

This striking blend of Beaujolais Gamay and Côte d'Or Pinot Noir offers cool scents of black cherry and licorice and a noble rusticity to its very ripe, plush flavors of black raspberry and spices energized by saline minerality and a note of granite. Broad tannins won't prevent early enjoyment. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, Mar 2018) $25 — 2 months ago

Maria, La and 1 other liked this