VALUES

 

     February 2007

From the 1,831 new-release wines our panels tasted for this issue, our critics singled out these ten (all $15 or less) for their remarkable price/value ratio. Suggested national retail prices have been quoted by the winery or importer, but prices may vary, and you may be able to find these wines at a significant discount in your area.

REDS
EV  I Deakin Estate $9
2004 Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia)
A light claret with herbal tobacco scents and cassislike fruit, this contrasts a touch of sweetness with dry tannins, ready for pot roast or brisket.
Freixenet USA, Sonoma, CA
 
EV  I Forest Glen $10
2003 California Cabernet Franc
2003 California Cabernet Franc This has a spicy herbal character that's balanced by ripe cherry flavors. Open a bottle for grilled fennel sausages.
Forest Glen Winery, Sonoma, CA
 
GV  I Shenandoah Vineyards $10
2005 Amador County Special Reserve Zinfandel
Scents of violets and raspberries fill this sweet zin, for a cookout in the foothills or a deep-dish pizza.
Shenandoah Vineyards, Plymouth, CA
 
GV  I Terrazas de Los Andes $10
2005 Mendoza Malbec (Argentina)
This delivers violet and cherry aromas and a tense tannic structure. Its freshness whets the appetite for lasagna Bolognese.
Moët Hennessy USA, NY
 
GV  I Bodegas del Abad $12
2003 Bierzo Abad Dom Bueno Roble (Spain)
This slowly reveals the charm of the mencía grape with its ripe blackberry flavors and a touch of minerality. A red for the cellar.
Frontier Wine Imports, Dover, NJ
 
GV  I Bonterra $15
2004 Mendocino County Zinfandel
A bright, unpretentious, red-fruited zin, this has a spicy herbal edge and a light floral lift. It ends clean and cool, great for a picnic along the coast.
Bonterra Vineyards, Hopland, CA
 
GV  I J. Lohr $15
2004 Paso Robles South Ridge Syrah
Oak introduces this soft, rustic wine with scents of coffee and char. Serve it with grilled sausages.
J. Lohr Winery, San Jose, CA
 
WHITES
GV  I Pepperwood Grove $8
2005 California Pinot Grigio
Floral notes of honeysuckle and hints of toasted almond lead to a silky texture. A good match for grilled squid.
Pepperwood Grove Winery, Oakville, CA
 
GV  I  Fairview $10
2006 Coastal Region Goats do Roam (South Africa)
The sweet, ripe peach and gingersnap flavors end with a light touch, for grilled fish.
Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL
 
EV  I  Cono Sur $15
2005 Casablanca Vision Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)
As bracing as fresh, cold lemonade with mint, this offers a bright, pure expression of sauvignon. It's ready to match Pacific oysters.
Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL
 


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