Category Archives: Under $10

Il Conte D’Alba Stella Rosa Rosso

Purchased from World Market, $12.99

Total Wine & More, $8.79

BevMo, $9.99


Aaron:  This is basically sparkling cranberry juice.  Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice.  There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all.  It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun.  82 points 

Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.

 

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Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine.com, $9.99

World Market, $9.99


Aaron: Rocky minerals and sea salt combine with dark plum.  The flavor is pretty rich with hearty tannins and a slow burn finish.  Tobacco and black fruits cloud the tongue with some porace texture at the end.  89 points

Teri: The first thing I noticed was the hearty tannins in this bottle. A nose of baking spice and fruit is followed by oaky/leader blueberries and baking spice. Less fruit overall and more rose pedals, earth and oaky flavors. Not overly complex but the finish is smooth and lingering. This is an ok bottle for the price. I wouldn’t pay more than $10. Overall ok, but I think there are better options. 87 points 

 

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin 2014

Gnarly Head Old Vine ZinGnarly Head Website

Total Wine & More, $7.97

BevMo, $9.99

Wine Enthusiast, $12


Aaron:  When looking for an easy-to-find, affordable wine, I generally trust Gnarly head and this was no different.  Big fruity nose (as expected) and a juicy, easy drinking flavor.  There was still some good thickness and overwhelming berries, featuring black, red, and purple fruits.  This is not complex by any measure but it’s flexible and a good pick up, making it a great value in my opinion.  92 points

Teri: Slight tartness on the first sip leads the way to fill flavors but soft tannins and high drinkability. I taste mostly blackberry with some woody oak. It is rich but not overwhelmingly complex. If you want a fully bodied wine which is a good value at a decent price, this is your go-to. 88 points 

Check out our previous review of the 2012 Gnarly Head Vintage

OR the 2010 Gnarly Head Vintage

LaGranja 360 Cava Brut

LaGranja 360Trader Joes, $6.99


Aaron:  For $7, not bad.  Musty green apple and toasted pear on the nose, followed by a sharp, metallic flavor with spice.  This transformed into white grapes and sunflowers (what, you’ve only tasted sunflower seeds!?).  89 points

Teri: For a $7 bottle and the ease of picking this one up from your local Trader Joes, this bottle is a win. I smelled light lemon on the nose with nutty flavors, additional lemon, and a hint of red apple on the taste. This Brut is crisp with good flavor and nice mouthfeel. Great value and cheep enough to have a bottle around for any occasion. 89 points 

 

1924 Gnarly Head Double Black Red Wine Blend

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Wine.com , $10.99

BevMo, $9.99

Total Wine & More, $9.99


Aaron: I really liked this wine, particularly for such a high-value pricepoint.  Great blackberry and chocolate on the nose with some dark bark.  the flavor was full and peppery with some maple syrup on the aftertaste.  There were a lot of dark flavors but overall very mellow and not harsh at all.  I really like mainstream wines which still taste good and this is one of them.  92 points.

Teri: An unassuming nose is distinctly different than the fruity flavors of rich blueberry, strawberry, and vanilla I taste in the wine. Good smooth tannins make this an easy transition bottle for those who want something hearty but still not an “in your face” bold red. Plus from an easy to find name, add this bottle to your shopping list. 90 points