Is it possible for you to give u a little direction? There are super-rich, thick, concentrated, opulent wines available under $20, and there are highly acidic, detailed, nuanced wines under $20. And the lists don't really overlap so much. What wines have you liked in the past?
When I first started colecting wine I wasn't spending as much per bottle as I do now. You can find alot of aussie shiraz under $20 that are as previously mentioned rich, thick and concentrated. I started with d'arenberg old footbolt shiraz which goes for about 15 bones.
You can do better than Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir, for sure. DeLoach, Mark West, and A to Z are readily available.

I find the best deals in red wines are from Spain and southern France, followed by Chile and Washington State. Unless you like jammy wines, stay away from cheap Aussies.
Without knowing where your interests lie, try these and see if you like them. These give good bang for the buck, in most years, IMO, and are readily found:

Bogle or Concannon Petite Sirah---about $12
Jaboulet "Parallele 45"---about $14
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot---about $10
Frescobaldi Nipozzano (under $20 on sale)
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon---about $20, sometimes less.
2003 Quinta do Alqueve "2 Worlds"---a Portuguese wine that is harder to find, but a great $18 bottle.

Good luck!
Wow. Contrary to what some may want to tell you, the $10-20 price bracket is full of very good wines from all regions of the world. For starters, you can use the WS Wine Ratings search, go to Advanced Search, and choose the criteria that fit your inclinations.

Good luck!
I would recommend Pesquie and Domaine la Garrigue Cotes du Rhones at the $10-15 price point. There are also many good Spanish blends like Mas Donis, Altos de Luzon, and Gotim Bru, and I would also recommend 05 Bordeaux's like Faizeau, Aguilhe Querre, and Epicurea de Martinat, and Cap de Faugeres.
Find the thread in this category called "For $15 red from U.S., what r u buying. Probably 3-5 pages back. Many good recs.
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Originally posted by VineTime05:
Does anyone know of a good red wine under $20?


I sure do. And I've posted about them many times. Rather than repeat myself you should use the search or subscribe to my blog.
Some of my current favorites in the $20 range (that are readily available):

Twenty Bench Cab '05
Hope Estate "The Ripper" Shiraz '04
A to Z Pinot '06
Monsanto Chianti Riserva '04
I agree with the Bogle Petite Sirah.
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Originally posted by indybob:
Without knowing where your interests lie, try these and see if you like them. These give good bang for the buck, in most years, IMO, and are readily found:

Bogle or Concannon Petite Sirah---about $12
Jaboulet "Parallele 45"---about $14
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot---about $10
Frescobaldi Nipozzano (under $20 on sale)
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon---about $20, sometimes less.
2003 Quinta do Alqueve "2 Worlds"---a Portuguese wine that is harder to find, but a great $18 bottle.

Good luck!
Had the 2003 Agricola di Vincenzo Vallone Riserva Vigna Flaminio a couple of nights ago. It was a revelation of how good Negroamaro can be and only $10. Keep in mind that I am usually not much of a fan of under $20 reds. Sure there are plenty of drinkable ones but very few that are more than that.
Recent research from Wine Economists shows that people who are inexperienced with wine (i.e. not trained... which appears to be the OP) actually PREFER cheap wine to expensive wine. So, revel in your cheapness.
I agree. Years ago in New Orleans, a wine merchant recommended it to me. I did not like it at all!
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Originally posted by cdr:
Don't buy the Mark West Pinot Noir.
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Originally posted by vinole:
I would recommend Pesquie and Domaine la Garrigue Cotes du Rhones at the $10-15 price point. There are also many good Spanish blends like Mas Donis, Altos de Luzon, and Gotim Bru, and I would also recommend 05 Bordeaux's like Faizeau, Aguilhe Querre, and Epicurea de Martinat, and Cap de Faugeres.


All GREAT suggestions, and I would especially second the Pesquie - one of my go to daily reds.

As many others had said, there are simply so many amazing bottles under $20 that to even suggest a few would be difficult without more info about what you like. Check out this (very short) list of some recc's put together on the WLTV board for wines (not just reds) under $12:

Under $12 List

I don't vouch for all of these (and actually disagree with many) but that is the subjective nature of the beast - a wine on this list I did not care for may be your favorite!
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Originally posted by nola:
I'll second or third the A to Z Pinot.


I dunno, I've heard that from a LOT of people, and people who know a hell of a lot more than I do about just about everything, but I have tried this on a handful of occasions and have been pretty underwhelmed...I found it to be really lacking in an expressive bouquet and a little simple...
Maybe our bottle was a good one....it was full of red fruits, nice bit of earthy-ness, and paired really well with our cedar planked salmon. But, I'm still a noob.
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Originally posted by CaliCab:
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Originally posted by nola:
I'll second or third the A to Z Pinot.


I dunno, I've heard that from a LOT of people, and people who know a hell of a lot more than I do about just about everything, but I have tried this on a handful of occasions and have been pretty underwhelmed...I found it to be really lacking in an expressive bouquet and a little simple...


Agree. Had a bottle about a 2 weeks ago and it tasted like candied cherry flavored wine.

From the same owners of A to Z, I would recommend:

2006 Rex Hill Oregon Pinot Noir

You can pick it up right around $20.
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Originally posted by tanglenet:
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Originally posted by CaliCab:
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Originally posted by nola:
I'll second or third the A to Z Pinot.


I dunno, I've heard that from a LOT of people, and people who know a hell of a lot more than I do about just about everything, but I have tried this on a handful of occasions and have been pretty underwhelmed...I found it to be really lacking in an expressive bouquet and a little simple...


Agree. Had a bottle about a 2 weeks ago and it tasted like candied cherry flavored wine.

From the same owners of A to Z, I would recommend:

2006 Rex Hill Oregon Pinot Noir

You can pick it up right around $20.


Funny, I once had the '03 Rex Hill Reserve and loved it, but got shot down by a lot of folks when I posted a TN raving about it...

I had no idea ths was the same folks as the A to Z
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Originally posted by CaliCab:
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Originally posted by tanglenet:
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Originally posted by CaliCab:
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Originally posted by nola:
I'll second or third the A to Z Pinot.


I dunno, I've heard that from a LOT of people, and people who know a hell of a lot more than I do about just about everything, but I have tried this on a handful of occasions and have been pretty underwhelmed...I found it to be really lacking in an expressive bouquet and a little simple...


Agree. Had a bottle about a 2 weeks ago and it tasted like candied cherry flavored wine.

From the same owners of A to Z, I would recommend:

2006 Rex Hill Oregon Pinot Noir

You can pick it up right around $20.


Funny, I once had the '03 Rex Hill Reserve and loved it, but got shot down by a lot of folks when I posted a TN raving about it...

I had no idea ths was the same folks as the A to Z


We tried it at the winery about 10 days ago and it was fine. However, the notes on Cellartracker are in the 80's. Looks like we share a similar palate.

From the website:

In 2007, A to Z Wineworks (the William Hatcher Family, the Francis Tannahills, and a few partners including Gregg Popovich) purchased Rex Hill Vineyards and Winery bringing fresh enthusiasm and energy to the properties while strengthening both brands.
Many of the Grateful Palate (Importer, Dan Philips) wines are excellent QPR's and many are under $20.00, like the Marquis Philips wines, Bitch Genache $10, Boarding Pass Shiraz $18, and many, many more.
I haven't had these for awhile but I think that they are both still under $20.00

Thorne-Clark Shotfire Ridge
Peter Lehmann Clancy's Red
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
2005 Mas Belles Eaux Les Coteaux. Quite nice for $17.50.


Hum, tell me about this wine please.
if you like bordeaux style blends try 2006 Clos de los Siete (Michel Rolland). I got it for $16 and it beats the pants off anything in the same price range from France. It has a high percentage of Malbec in the blend - gives it a nice raw edge - but in a good way. Posted a TN tonight.

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On the coast of maine as I am typing this. I've been here for about a week now and will be here for about 4 more days. Mind blowing red I've had this week for under $20 - 2005 Cotes du Ventoux Les Terrasses Chateau Pesquie. When I get home I am buying a case.
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Originally posted by Altaholic:
On the coast of maine as I am typing this. I've been here for about a week now and will be here for about 4 more days. Mind blowing red I've had this week for under $20 - 2005 Cotes du Ventoux Les Terrasses Chateau Pesquie. When I get home I am buying a case.


Had this before and loved it - still have a few bottles left. Anyone have any ideas on how long it will hold up? Thinking of buying more but don't want it to turn before I get around to drinking it all.
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Originally posted by thirsty man:
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Originally posted by Altaholic:
On the coast of maine as I am typing this. I've been here for about a week now and will be here for about 4 more days. Mind blowing red I've had this week for under $20 - 2005 Cotes du Ventoux Les Terrasses Chateau Pesquie. When I get home I am buying a case.


Had this before and loved it - still have a few bottles left. Anyone have any ideas on how long it will hold up? Thinking of buying more but don't want it to turn before I get around to drinking it all.


So friggin good, for $10...I've heard the higher end offerings from pesquie are also top notch, I have a bottle of the quintessence but have yet to crack one.

Psst...a little birdie told me that wine library is going to have oodles of the stuff in stock soon, best price you'll find anywhere.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
2005 Mas Belles Eaux Les Coteaux. Quite nice for $17.50.


Hum, tell me about this wine please.


Languedoc -- 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre. Kim Marcus' tasting notes and score (91) are pretty much on the money. Though, I certainly would not argue with anybody that added a point to the score, but that is, obviously, splitting hairs. The bottle says 14.5% alcohol, which greatly surprised me when I read it. I detected no heat at all. I killed most of the bottle on the first night. The small amount remaining drank well on night 3.

I am definately going back for more.
I agree with the idea of searching in the south-east of France.
Côtes du Rhone, Languedoc and Roussillon offer very good wines at below 20$.
I like the idea of a Côtes du Ventoux or a Côtes du Lubéron.
To those already mentioned, i'd add the Côtes du Ventoux from La vieille Ferme, the Côtes du Lubéron from Chateau de l'Isolette (home of the Marquis de Sade Smile ) and the Côtes du Lubéron from Chateau Val Joanis.
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Originally posted by Altaholic:
On the coast of maine as I am typing this. I've been here for about a week now and will be here for about 4 more days. Mind blowing red I've had this week for under $20 - 2005 Cotes du Ventoux Les Terrasses Chateau Pesquie. When I get home I am buying a case.

On the drive home from Maine I stopped at the NH liquor store on I-95 South in Hampton. On the way up (on 95 North, of course) they had the Chateau Pesquie CdV Terraces for $10.99/bottle. It was out on the drive back and I was a bit bummed. It is definitely my QPR of the year up to this point and I will stock up on it ASAP.

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