10 wines under $25 for a hot day in July — By Marc Bona, cleveland.com

CLE­VE­LAND, Ohio – In July, we tried 10 wines from the last five vin­ta­ges. All would be great on a hot day or night. This month’s batch comes from five coun­tries, and all should be avai­la­ble in the Northeast Ohio retail mar­ket. We also choo­se one each month as our favo­ri­te. Cheers!

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

M. Cha­pou­tier, Cotes-du-Rho­ne, Fran­ce; Rose, 2018, $16.99

M. Cha­pou­tier Belle­ru­che: M. Cha­pou­tier, Cotes-du-Rho­ne, Fran­ce; Rose, 2018, $16.99

M. Cha­pou­tier Belle­ru­che

Cran­berry, straw­berry, light, not too dry or aci­dic, good balan­ce. A very ver­sa­ti­le wine. It’s pri­ma­rily made from Gre­na­che with sma­ller amounts of Cin­sault and Syrah. Good value.

 

 

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Pas­sio­ne Sen­ti­men­to: Pas­qua, Italy, red blend, 2017, $16

Pas­sio­ne Sen­ti­men­to

Pas­qua, Italy, red blend, 2017, $16

Made in Vero­na, home of Rome­ro and Juliet, this light-bodied wine has a smoky and minty fla­vor with dark fruit and is a tad her­bal (green pep­per?). Made from Cor­vi­na and Croa­ti­na gra­pes with a bit of Mer­lot. Went very well with pas­ta fagio­li. Fair value. The label is the famed graf­fi­ti at the court­yard of Julie­t’s hou­se.

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Vir­gen Mal­bec: Domai­ne Bous­quet, Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na; Mal­bec, 2019, $13

Vir­gen Mal­bec

Domai­ne Bous­quet, Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na; Mal­bec, 2019, $13

This orga­nic wine looks rich and dark but tas­tes much ligh­ter and is not very tan­nic. No nose to speak of. Rasp­berry and fresh fruit notes. No added sul­fi­tes, for tho­se who think they are aller­gic to sul­fi­tes. Sim­ple sip­per.

 

 

 

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Vir­gen Caber­net Sau­vig­non: Domai­ne Bous­quet, Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na; Caber­net Sau­vig­non, 2019, $13

Vir­gen Caber­net Sau­vig­non

Domai­ne Bous­quet, Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na; Caber­net Sau­vig­non, 2019, $13

Very smooth, unri­pe­ned black­berry and not very tan­nic. We would have gues­sed Mer­lot or red blend. All of us said great value at $13.

 

 

 

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Vir­gen Red Blend: Domai­ne Bous­quet, Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na; red blend, 2019, $13

Vir­gen Red Blend

Domai­ne Bous­quet, Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na; red blend, 2019, $13

Smooth, light-bodied, orga­nic and, like its Cab and Mal­bec coun­ter­parts, not very tan­nic at all. Defi­ni­tely not sweet or jammy. If you are into orga­nic wines, drink them soon. The­se are not meant to be laid down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Dry Creek Che­nin Blanc: Dry Creek Vine­yard, Cali­for­nia, Che­nin Blanc, 2015, (the 2018 is about $13)

Dry Creek Che­nin Blanc

Dry Creek Vine­yard, Cali­for­nia, Che­nin Blanc, 2015, (the 2018 is about $13)

We tried an older ver­sion of this wine and pic­ked up some nice aging. Flo­ral notes with oran­ge, whi­te peach and unri­pe pineap­ple. A little saline/ocean as well. No oak. Deep gold, pos­sibly from age. A tough find, but newer vin­ta­ges are avai­la­ble. Vene­ra­ble winery.

 

 

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Maryhill: Maryhill Winery, Colum­bia Valley, Washing­ton; Pinot Gris, 2016, $17

Maryhill

Maryhill Winery, Colum­bia Valley, Washing­ton; Pinot Gris, 2016, $17

Flo­ral notes, pear, peach and very clean tas­ting, as one tas­ting pal put it. A refreshing sip­per on a hot night. We have been trying wines from this winery for seve­ral years, and they always hit the mark. Fair value.

 

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Pre­da­tor Six Spot: Ruther­ford Ranch Winery, Lodi, Cali­for­nia; red blend, 2017, $24

Pre­da­tor Six Spot

Ruther­ford Ranch Winery, Lodi, Cali­for­nia; red blend, 2017, $24

A rich milk cho­co­la­te bomb. Cherry notes, creamy, and a touch of sweet­ness. Ver­sa­ti­le, would go with lots of dif­fe­rent dishes — think bar­be­cue or piz­za. But $24 feels a little steep for this one.

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Eber­le: Eber­le Winery, Paso Robles, Cali­for­nia; Char­don­nay, 2017, $24

Eber­le

Eber­le Winery, Paso Robles, Cali­for­nia; Char­don­nay, 2017, $24

Slight can­died apple in the aro­ma and a hint of lemon on the pala­te along with a but­tery fla­vor and slight oran­ge. Deli­cious. Went very well with roas­ted chic­ken, vege­ta­bles and pota­toes, but also tas­tes great as a stand-alo­ne.

 

 

 

 

Our monthly wine review covers bottles that are under 25 dollars This month we look at wines appropriate for a summer day or night

Vina Pomal Crian­za: Bode­gas Bil­bai­nas, Spain, Tem­pra­ni­llo, 2016, $16

Vina Pomal Crian­za

Bode­gas Bil­bai­nas, Spain, Tem­pra­ni­llo, 2016, $16

Intri­guing and tasty wine with notes of plum. With a hint of sweet tobac­co in the aro­ma, it’s spicy and a bit smoky on the finish. “Crian­za” on a label indi­ca­tes the wine has spent a year spent in oak. “Rio­ja” is the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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