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I've just figured out that it could cost me a whole lot of money and take a whole lot of time to try every red blend, cabernet, pinot, and zinfandel out there under $15 (not that there are many pinots in that price range) to find one or a few that I could have as my 'daily drinker'.

I've tried some, haven't found one. I like big reds, lots of huge jammy nose, I'm not a fan of spice but can do it (like a Syrah/Shiraz), prefer the berry and fruit flavors over pepper and leather, and like a clean finish. I like chewy but not high in tannins, so it can't taste very young - that's my biggest problem.

Any recommendations for me to narrow down my search? Wines available readily at Trader Joes and Costco particularly appreciated...
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Rosemount Vintner's Reserve - $8 at Cost Plus. Would normally be $20+
Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec - $12 at Costco
Almost anything from Chile in the $10-$15 range, particularly Montes Alpha, Marques de Casa Concha and Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre.
Penfold's Bin 2 or Koonunga Hill are often available at $10. Splurge on the other bins at weekends Smile

Acacia Pinot is close to $15.
Dang it! I looked at that wine (the Rosemount Vintner's Reserve) and thought it must be pretty good, but with your recommendation and viewing the reviews on Cellar Tracker I regret not purchasing some!

I opened the Yalumba Syrah/Viognier and it is unfortunately quite disappointing. I could be drinking the Rosemount had I gone with my gut.

What would you say about the Rosemount? Is it the best of what you have listed, in your opinion?
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Originally posted by Dave Tong:
Rosemount Vintner's Reserve - $8 at Cost Plus. Would normally be $20+
Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec - $12 at Costco
Almost anything from Chile in the $10-$15 range, particularly Montes Alpha, Marques de Casa Concha and Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre.
Penfold's Bin 2 or Koonunga Hill are often available at $10. Splurge on the other bins at weekends Smile

Acacia Pinot is close to $15.


Dave is giving very sound advice here!!!
Bogle Petite Sirah is a big wine and fairly concentrated for the buck. It is one of mu altime big inexpensive reds. Try Cellar #8 Cab, and Liberty School Cab. All of those should be in that price range. Also, Gnarley Head Zinfandel is pretty good too.
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Originally posted by DRussell:
Bogle Petit Sirah is not bad for a $10 wine.
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Originally posted by MDaniel:
2003 Columbia Valley Grand Estates Merlot or Cabernet. The same line of Chardonay has also been rated highly, but I'm not a big fan of chardonay. I can find both for $6.95. WS rated the merlot a 90, and the Cabernet an 89 I believe. Both are easy drinkers.


Don't drink the Merlot....unless you like grape suckers.
I had a Shiraz called knife and Fork. It was $8.99 a liter. It was really good.
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Originally posted by The Frenches:
Dang it! I looked at that wine (the Rosemount Vintner's Reserve) and thought it must be pretty good, but with your recommendation and viewing the reviews on Cellar Tracker I regret not purchasing some!

I opened the Yalumba Syrah/Viognier and it is unfortunately quite disappointing. I could be drinking the Rosemount had I gone with my gut.

What would you say about the Rosemount? Is it the best of what you have listed, in your opinion?
More a category than a specific wine, taste your way around the crus of Beaujolais (the crus are distinct villages that are allowed to use their names on the wine). These are way better than either the nouveau or village wines. Usually superb with food, should be in the $11 - $13 range. A couple easy to find current good ones are 2005 Dom. de Combillaty Brouilly (Duboeuf) and 2005 Duboeuf Moulin a Vent.

Here are some of my favs - should all be around the $10 range, depending on pricing around you. Many of the ones already mentioned I would second (or third or fourth), so I didn't repeat them here...

These should all be reliable independant of vintage:
Promessa Rosso Salento & A-Mano Primitivo, from same maker
McManis Cab (Great QPR and a leader in the under $10 area)
Juan Gil Jumilla - this is a little more, more like $14
Rosenblum Vintners Zin
Montes Reserve Merlot - Dave mentioned Montes Alpha, but you don't even have to step up to the Alpha to get good QPR wine
Mas Donis from Capcanes, Montsant
Vina Alarba - old vines grenache, usually under $8
Vega Sindoa red, usually under $8
Falesco Vitiano
Ca del Solo Big House Red
Snoqualmie Cab-Merlot

Squirrel
I just posted a tasting note on 2001 Rosemount Mountain Blue - $11.70 at Whole Foods if you buy six.
Definitely recommended.

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Originally posted by The Frenches:

What would you say about the Rosemount? Is it the best of what you have listed, in your opinion?


At $8 it's the best value, certainly. I'd definitely grab one to see if it's to your liking.
The price should be good until the new year, assuming they don't sell out.

I'd also strongly recommend the Marquis de Casa Concha cabernet, especially the 2003 if you can still find it.

Malbec can be a bit of an acquired taste, but it does offer good value. I've had a few that I didn't care for (eg Bodega Norton). Make sure you get the Terrazas Reserva; there's a $6 offering in Safeway with a similar label that's not as good.
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Here is some of mine and I’m sure I inadvertently left some off. I kept this entire list under $10. If I were to go over $10 the list would increase substantially.

Verget du Sud, Cotes du Luberon
Domaine La Garrigue, Cotes Du Rhone
Paul Jaboulet, Parallele "45", Cotes Du Rhone
Vina Alarba, Old Vine Garnacha*
Tiakalo, Albaliza*
Finca Luzon, Luzon (the black label)*
Luan Castilla, Equis Vinas Viejas*
Las Rocas, Garnacha*
Garnacha de Fuego, Old Vines*
(All of the Spanish wines above marked with the * can be bought for between $6 & $8)
Capestrano, Montepulciano
Rosemount, Vintner’s Blend (2003 – prior to that this was the ‘Traditional’)
Henry’s Drive, Pillar Box Red
Avalon, Cabernet Sauvignon (the CA AVA, not the Napa Valley ava which is > $10)
Columbia Crest, 2 Vines Merlot
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You're just the folks we're looking for! We've got a fledgling website dedicated to saving people from bad wine purchases. My husband and I love big bold reds and know how hard it is to find good wine at a good price. Big focus on value for $$$$ We only recommend wine we've tasted ourselves and would buy again. We're still populating the site (had a baby in May, so we're a little behind). I'll pass some along here that you might like, but please check out our website. It's free, of course. And we work in three categories...table wine (under $20), premium ($20-50) and premium ($50 and up).
First, if you're in VA and can find a Whole Foods Market, they are selling 2001 Rosemount Mountain Blue for $12.99. That's a STEAL...apparently the usually sell it for 16.99...still a steal. Costco usually carries it for around $29-$32 and it's WORTH IT. Costco also carries Penfolds St Henri, usually $19-22, Penfolds Bin 389 $18-20...all great wines for the money. In the $10-15 range, check out Wyndham Estates Bin 888 $9-12, I saw someone recommended the Yalumba Barossa Valley Shiraz...great one for $10-12. California Raven's Wood...very big and bold for California wine under $15..the Cab, Shiraz, even the Zin is excellent value. Sabastiani (again, Cal) has a low end, $12-15 that's very good. I could go on and on...what I really need to do is update/poplate our website. Please stop by and try some of our recommendations...see if your palate agrees with ours... www.theredwinepalate.com

If you try our recommendations and like them and have tried a wine you think would meet our standards, pass along the info and we'll taste that wine to see if it should be posted on the site.
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Originally posted by Dave Tong:
Trader Joe's are now carrying the 2001 Penfolds Limited Release Winery Vintner's Estate Reserve Whatever (or re-badged Bin 128 to you) for $8. That's $2 cheaper than K&L.

What’s with all of the Aussie wine blowouts lately? Rosemount had the GSM at Trader Joe’s this past summer at ridiculous prices, the old Rosemount Traditional, now Vintner’s Reserve, can be had for between $6 and $8, and Dave Tong & theredwinepalate told us about the Rosemount Mountain Blue yesterday. Now Penfold’s? Is this due to a grape glut? New marketing strategies? Hey, I think it is great and I’m not complaining but I am curious as to why there is the downward pressure on prices.
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Originally posted by Dalbavie:
Luc, you should also try Chateau Coucy 2000, Montagne Saint Emilion which is available at Trader Joe's. This wine is supervised by Jean-Luc Thunevin and this vintage received 87-88 RP and was recommended by the Guide Hachette. Its ripe fruit, full body has all the hallmarks of a Thunevin wine.


Dalbavie, thanks for the suggestion, I'll look for it.
Since you mentioned Trader Joe's I am guessing you reside in Cali. If you've got a Bev Mo nearby that's what I usually hit for larger production wines at affordable prices. Some that I have found that were really good in the <$15 price rang:

1. Melipal Melbac WS 91PT <$15

2. Guenoc Petite Sirah <$13 I'd give it 88-90PT.

3. Guenoc Claret <$15 I found the 2000 vintage to be very easy drinking.

4. Avalon Cab Napa juice. The CA bottle was underwhelimg.

5. Rex Goliath Cab NV I was REALLY surprised at this one. <$9

6. Michael Pozzan Cab '04 Sonoma. I really really love this affordable Cab. Lots of dark fruits and enough layers and complexity to best cabs costing twice as much. <$15
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Originally posted by Altaholic:
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Originally posted by Dave Tong:
Trader Joe's are now carrying the 2001 Penfolds Limited Release Winery Vintner's Estate Reserve Whatever (or re-badged Bin 128 to you) for $8. That's $2 cheaper than K&L.

What’s with all of the Aussie wine blowouts lately? Rosemount had the GSM at Trader Joe’s this past summer at ridiculous prices, the old Rosemount Traditional, now Vintner’s Reserve, can be had for between $6 and $8, and Dave Tong & theredwinepalate told us about the Rosemount Mountain Blue yesterday. Now Penfold’s? Is this due to a grape glut? New marketing strategies? Hey, I think it is great and I’m not complaining but I am curious as to why there is the downward pressure on prices.


My understandng is that Australia was so over-planted with vines that there was a glut of wine prodcution. The vintners have at least a year's worth of stock left unsold.
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Originally posted by Altaholic:
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Originally posted by Dave Tong:
Trader Joe's are now carrying the 2001 Penfolds Limited Release Winery Vintner's Estate Reserve Whatever (or re-badged Bin 128 to you) for $8. That's $2 cheaper than K&L.

What’s with all of the Aussie wine blowouts lately? Rosemount had the GSM at Trader Joe’s this past summer at ridiculous prices, the old Rosemount Traditional, now Vintner’s Reserve, can be had for between $6 and $8, and Dave Tong & theredwinepalate told us about the Rosemount Mountain Blue yesterday. Now Penfold’s? Is this due to a grape glut? New marketing strategies? Hey, I think it is great and I’m not complaining but I am curious as to why there is the downward pressure on prices.


The Penfold's I'm told was due to some kind of a cock-up in the warehouse. They had a load of Bin 128 from 2001 - since the 2002 and 2003 had already been released, re-releasing 2001 Bin 128 wasn't going to work. Some might say that's just a story, but I'm inclined to believe it.

According to TORB Rosemount is about to do some kind of a relaunch and is clearing the decks of old stocks in anticipation.

Either way, who really cares. Good wine cheap is a good thing regardless.

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