Best Buys Under $10

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02 May Best Buys Under $10

We wanted to take a moment and just highlight some of the MANY great buys in the store right now, all under $10. These wines deliver tremendous value and drinking pleasure and all are priced very modestly. Who says you have to spend a lot to drink well?! Not us!

United States

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2015 Marc Cellars Chardonnay, California
On Sale $9.99
Our staff tasted this bargain and unanimously agreed we had to sell it. This is drinking wine, not thinking wine. Notes of ripe pineapple, golden apple, and pear are balanced by a citrusy, smooth, creamy finish. Pair this wine with lighter meat dishes, pasta, or cheese pizza!
Merch Notes

2013 Marc Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, California
On Sale $9.99
This easy-drinking bargain Cabernet is classic and delicious. Notes of ripe berry, plum, toasty oak, and vanilla lead to a rich, round finish. The fruit and oak have a great balance here. Often at lower price points, Cabernet tastes flat and lacks character. We think this wine delivers good quality for the price.
Merch Notes

crosssprings_lo_res2014 Cross Springs Colusa County Pinot Noir, California
On Sale $9.99
This is one of our finds of the year, a beautiful and ridiculously affordable Pinot Noir from Colusa (just east of the Napa county line). It’s got the more lush, fruit-forward style that is the classic California expression of the grape. Aromas of ripe black cherry, baked plums, and brown sugar lead into a palate of red fruits, subtle earth, baking spices, and vanilla, integrated well with soft acidity on the finish.
Merch Notes

2015 McManis Cabernet Sauvignon, California
On Sale, $9.99
Showy oak aromas meet good fruit and spice flavors in this lively tasting but smooth-textured and medium-bodied wine. Pepper and nutmeg notes accent the black cherry and blackberry.
Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy”

2014 Vigilance Proprietary Red Wine “Cimarron,” Red Hills, California
On Sale $9.99 ($24 at the winery!)
79% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 6% Petite Verdot. Inky, dark purple color. Made from fruit within the Lake County/Red Hills AVA. Balanced with great acidity and tannin and a long, lush finish. Black cherry and strawberry that balance with white pepper, dried herbs and spice.
Merch Notes

2015 McManis Zinfandel, Lodi, California
On Sale $9.99
Mouthwatering fruit flavors and a firm, dry mouthfeel make this medium-bodied wine easy to appreciate. It smells like fresh cherries and raspberries, tastes ripe and has a fine-grained texture.
Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy”

2014 Cycles-Gladiator Chardonnay, Central Coast, California
On Sale $9.99
100% Chardonnay, deep golden color. Oak regimen: 70% Stainless Steel, 20% New French, 10% New American. Bright aromas of green apple and stone fruits on the nose with a very subtle hint of spice from the oak. Rich and ripe flavors of peach, citrus, and marzipan that roll around the back end of the tongue supported by a solid core of acidity. The wine is lengthy and lush. Seamless would be a good term.
Adam LaZarre, Winemaker

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2015 Acrobat Pinot Gris, Oregon
On Sale $9.99
“Flat-out delicious, this brings compelling fruit flavors of melon, papaya and pineapple, coupled with juicy, mouth cleansing acidity. The depth and complexity are phenomenal for an Oregon Pinot Gris produced in large quantities.”
91 points Wine Enthusiast

 

Argentina

2015 Elsa Bianchi Malbec, Argentina
On Sale $8.99
Bright and juicy, with fresh flavors of red plum, currant and raspberry. Offers a plush, round finish. Drink now.
The Wine Spectator

2015 La Puerta Malbec, Argentina
On Sale $9.99
Deep red color. Aromas full of fruit with hints of violets mingle with flavors of ripened plum and cherries accompanying this wine’s characteristically smooth and sweet tannins. This unique and delightful Malbec is well-balanced across the palate with a long and persistent finish.
Winery notes

2015 Terrazas Altos del Plata Malbec, Argentina
On Sale $9.99
This delicious, concentrated Malbec is fruity and balanced, with notes of berries, spice, and licorice on the palate and a slightly herbal finish.
Merch Notes

Italy

frico2015 Scarpetta Frico Bianco, Friuli
On Sale $8.99
This zippy Italian white blend is crisp, clean, and medium-bodied with aromas of fresh white flowers and flavors of tart apple and pear.  The wine stainless steel aged, preserving the fresh fruit and zippy acid on the finish.
Merch Notes

2014 Scarpetta Frico Rosso, Tuscany (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon)
On Sale $8.99
This red blend is primarily Sangiovese, which comes through immediately with the aromas of cherry, cranberry, and a hint of spice. On the palate, the subtle oak comes across, lending soft tannins and an earthy body with notes of…plum pie? Is that a thing?
Merch Notes

2014 Folonari Chianti
On Sale $6.99
This 100% Sangiovese is a wine vinified in stainless steel to emphasize fresh, crisp flavors of these grapes. A Tuscan treasure and 100% Italian, this DOCG wine is made using grapes sourced from Italy’s most well-known wine producing area, the Chianti region. With juicy flavors and fragrant aromas, this wine is fresh, fruity, full and harmonious, with blackberry and raspberry notes and toasted almond notes on the finish.
Winery Notes

2012 Villa Puccini Toscana
On Sale $12.99 (Not Under $10 but a great value!)
Plenty of dried fruit and chocolate aromas and flavor. Medium body, lovely ripe tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Really pretty to drink now. Sangiovese with 10% merlot.
92 points James Suckling

fessy_lo_res2015 Domaine Henry Fessy Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes
On Sale $9.99
Juicy and soft with lovely berry character and hints of bark. Stones, too. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean. Drink now.
90 Points, James Suckling

 

 

 

 

Spain

2014 Aletta Garnacha, Campo de Borja
On Sale $7.99
“Bright violet color. Assertively perfumed blueberry and cherry compote scents are enlivened by suggestions of cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Zesty, focused and pure, offering gently sweet dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that deepen on the back half. Closes silky and long, with slow-building tannins adding shape and grip. This outstanding value was aged completely in stainless steel tanks.”
90 points Vinous Media

portada2011 Portada Tinto, Lisboa
On Sale $8.99
A dark colored, dense wine that is rich and firmly structured. Aged in wood, it holds flavors of plum and berry fruits balanced with a fresh acidity. This is a wine for aging, its structure a powerful statement.
90 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

 

 

 

 

New Zealand

crossings_lo_res2016 Crossings Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
On Sale $9.99
Vividly juicy, this is sleek and refreshing, delivering a mouthful of Key lime and passion fruit flavors, with a touch of dried mango. Drink now. 33,419 cases imported.
89 Points, The Wine Spectator