You’d think that with a label and name like ‘reserve’ that this might be an expensive wine. That’s not the case. In fact, this enjoyable Riesling is a whopping $8 and is a very easy drinking warm weather wine. My mom came over today and the wife and I treated her to a home-grilled dinner and since my mom leans towards the sweeter, less-dry side of the wine spectrum, Riesling is right up her alley. This Hayman & Hill is a good value wine and has the up front sweetness and sugar that comes with this type of Riesling. I found it peachy with minimal crispness. It worked well with our dinner and is great for folks who don’t enjoy the sau blanc style of white.
If you like to find a $10 wine that doesn’t taste like it, this is a good find. Honestly, I’m more partial to the new world wines and don’t usually find that in something from Italy. This was a pleasant surprise and had a nice fruit component, but not too much and I also noticed a little licorice on the finish. It went well with our grilled burgers tonight and I think that’s about the right mix. I’m not sure I’d serve it with a lamb chop, but for $10, that’s not bad.
We enjoyed this Horse Heaven Hills (H3) Cabernet from Columbia Valley, WA last night with our dinner at home. This is another one of those amazing buys for less than $15 that also garnered a 90 point review from wine spectator. In this case, and in other H3′s before, this is a great example of a new world cab style. I really enjoyed this wine with its up front, though slightly restrained berry notes and silky smoothness. Unlike the ‘fruit bomb’ wines, it also has a nice backbone which is described classically as leather, tar, etc, but since I don’t taste those nuances, I’ll just say that it has a presence in your mouth beyond the silky fruit. Wine reviewers will call it ‘pencil lead’, but since I haven’t licked a pencil recently, I wouldn’t know. The bottom line is that if you want to enjoy a great Cabernet for around $15, this is a great one to grab.
This is one of our favorite wines for less than $10. The Two Vines Red is an interesting blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Grenache, and Mouvedre. It’s a bit tannic up front, but after it opens up, the GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre) takes over and provides a silky finish with a nice backbone from the Cab Franc and a bit of tang from the Sangiovese. It’s also a best buy from Wine Enthusiast, so this isn’t just me saying that it’s worthwhile. This is a great party wine too as you can get a magnum for $15 and it provides an easy drinking wine that’s more than just fruit.