VALUES

Our panels tasted 1,465 new-release wines for this October 2005 issue, and singled out a range of inexpensive wines for the value they offer. W&S critics Patrick J. Comiskey, Joshua Greene and Tara Q. Thomas then tasted these wines and rated them for their quality-price ratio. These 10 wines - designated "Good Value" or "Exceptional Value" - represent the best overall quality for the lowest price. Suggested national retail prices have been quoted by the winery or importer, but prices in your area may vary considerably. If you shop carefully, you may be able to find these wines at a significant discount to the price listed here.

WHITES
GV I Eos $12
2003 Paso Robles Chardonnay
Warm and leesy, this chardonnay has green melon and chamomile flavors that finish just off dry. Serve it with grilled sesame chicken.
Eos Estate Winery, Paso Robles, CA
 

 

GV I La Guardiense $10
2003 Guardiolo Falanghina (Italy)
Smoky mineral notes deepen the succulent lemon, sage and quince flavors in this falanghina. From a cooperative in Beneventano, it's impressively affordable, and delicious with chicken roasted with herbs slipped under the skin.
Atlanta Improvement Co., Atlanta, GA
 

 

GV I Huntington $12
2004 Sonoma County Earthquake Sauvignon Blanc
This light sauvignon has a delicate figginess and a cool, spicy flavor that lasts. It's a clean, fresh white to chill for crab. (2,400 cases)
Huntington Cellars, Graton, CA
 
REDS
EV I Col des Vents $10
2003 Corbières (France)
A delicious grenache-carignan-syrah blend from the Castelmaure co-op in Durban, this is meaty, herbal and delicious, with black pepper and mineral notes placing it squarely in Corbières.
Kysela Père et Fils, Winchester, VA
 
 
GV I Rock Rabbit $10
2003 Central Coast Syrah
Monochromatic black up front, there's a green edge of acidity that lengthens this wine, matching its flavors to roast chicken with sausage stuffed under the skin.
Rock Rabbit Winery, Graton, CA
 

 

GV I Bodega Weinert $13
2002 Mendoza Carrascal (Argentina)
This blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and merlot is muscular and firm. Its violet scent is gently covered by coffee and cherry aromas, while its sun-dried tomato acidity lifts up the fruit. A good match for blue cheese.
Broadbent Selections, San Francisco, CA
 

 

GV I Bodegas Agapito Rico $9
2004 Jumilla Carchelo Monastrell (Spain)
As clean and fresh as a monastrell can be, Carchelo accents ripe raspberry and strawberry flavors upheld by soft yet firm tannins. A simple pleasure, it will become more complex in a couple of years.
Classical Wines, Seattle, WA
 

 

EV I Hogue $10
2003 Columbia Valley Merlot
A rich, plummy merlot with blueberry and black plum scents, this is terse and elegant, perfect for roast beef. It's a steal at this price from Hogue, which routinely provides excellent bang for the buck with its reds.
The Hogue Cellars, Prosser, WA
 

 

EV I House Wine $10
2003 Columbia Valley
A blend of cabernet, merlot, syrah and franc from K's Charles Smith, this has a lot of complexity for a little “house wine,” with a peppery, almost marrowbone savor augmenting its blackberry jam scents and flavors.
The Magnificent Wine Co., Prosser, WA
 

 

GV I Georges Duboeuf $14
2004 Fleurie (France)
Fleurie in all its lithe, flowery charm, this fresh Beaujolais is finely structured, juicy in the middle and end. It has a racy violet edge that will bring summer back to a wintry beef daube.
W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Harrison, NY
 


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