Locked up we continue. And what’s left. We look troubled at our wine cooler and things go downhill. Like our checking account. Like our spirit. Ahem, let it go unsaid and at least remedy this anguish by pulling resources. Here are 10 good, cheap wines just a click away from your door.
We wanted these recommendations to be varied. Not only riojitas and other labels to use but a little more joy for the body and knowledge. The fork ranges between 5 and 10 euros although we have not counted on the relevant shipping costs. And since we are not bastard children of Robert Parker, we have helped ourselves with the wise advice of eminences of the bottle such as Santi Rivas (Decanted Collective) or Joan C. Martín (author of The best wines of the supermarket, a survival manual that more which never seems to us of essential utility). Well, and also in our humble opinion of bald drinkers.
Top photo: Kelsey Knight
1. Mo Salinas 2016. Mg Wines (Sierra Salinas, Alicante). Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet. €5.35. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
Young aged 4 months in barrel. A Mediterranean gem within everyone’s reach thanks to a relatively recent winery that knows how to take advantage of the Monastrell juice.
Intense red, with a purple rim and a middle layer.
Aromas of fresh red fruits, with light spicy notes and bakery memories.
On the palate it is soft, with notes of juicy red fruit, with good structure and a long finish of balanced and pleasant tannins and acidity.
2. Castelo Nouveau 2019. Castelo de Medina (Wine from the Land of Castilla y León). Tempranillo. €6.36. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
Young, fresh and floral, like a good pipiolo but without acne. Go to the semi-carbonic maceration Beaujolais style, south of Burgundy. It will be for red and black fruits. The first vintage of 2018 swept the market.
Intense cherry color with violet reflections that show its youth.
On the nose, forest fruits such as raspberry, blackberry and cherry are appreciated, as well as floral aromas such as daffodils and violets and hints of scrubland, liquorice and dairy notes.
On the palate, the black and red fruits stand out in a harmonic, smooth wine with good acidity.
3. Bardos Roble 2018. Vintae (Bodega Bardos, Ribera del Duero). Country Ink (Tempranillo). €7.30. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
Modern author wine, a fresh, aromatic and intense oak. Bardos is cool, that’s right, words that we pronounce like a mantra to the seventh bottle.
Picota cherry red, with violet notes on the rim, characteristic of its youth.
Notes of black fruits stand out, mainly blackberries, accompanied by fresh tones of aromatic plants typical of scrubland. At the end it leaves a pleasant memory of strawberry yogurt. It stands out for its freshness and great intensity.
At first it is sweet and unctuous, it is prolonged with a good structure that accompanies it throughout its journey. Very persistent and with a slight final tannic characteristic of the Tempranillo.
4. Le Naturel 2019. Vintae (Aroa, Navarra). Grenache and others. €7.34. / Our good and cheap red wines, TOP 10
A wine so natural that it doesn’t even seem like it is, something that, as Santi Rivas says, is the best thing that can be said about this type of wine that is out of fashion. Vineyards from organic farming, with little production, which is how the essence is best used.
Clean and bright, with a dominance of raspberry tones.
Fresh and frank, with a good intensity, highlighting the notes of blackberries and violets. Attack of fresh fruit, which reveals its origin from high altitude vineyards.
Very pleasant mid palate, friendly wine, light and very easy to drink.
5. Viña Zorzal Graciano 2018. Zorzal Project (Navarra). Gratian. €7.85. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
Wine from the town of Corella, this varietal project from its Graciano plots sounds so good. 9 month old.
Clear, bright, medium intensity, garnet color. Clean and intense.
Aromas of forest fruits and red fruits, spices, earthy.
Dry and fresh, very marked acidity. Very broad, balanced, meaty, with flavors of berries and spices, also noteworthy bitter and green flavors typical of the variety. Mineral and with a very marked personality. Persistent.
6. Pasión de Bobal 2017. Sierra Norte Winery (Utiel-Requena). Bobal. €7.95. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
Hombreee, Utiel-Requena, what a good land. Sorry. Better pay attention to this organic wine from vineyards over 60 years old and 6 months in barrels.
Cherry red color with a high layer and a violet rim.
Nose with good red and black fruit such as strawberries, raspberries and cassis, very well carried by an accompaniment of creamy and light toasted notes from the barrel, a touch of spices and some liquorice.
Very tasty, fruity mid palate, with spherical tannins, good acidity and light touches of vanilla, smoke and toast. A wine with punch within its balance.
7. Lz 2018. Telmo Rodríguez (Bodega Lanzaga, Rioja). Grenache, Mazuelo, Tempranillo. €8.29. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
Don Telmo is an axe, he is a clarinet. Among its endless catalogue, here is a tribute to the wine growers of the town in the 1920s. A wine fermented in small cement tanks with selected grapes from the organic vineyards of the municipality of Lanziego, Álava.
Intense ruby red colour.
Aromatic notes of ripe red fruits; cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, currants, blackberries. With very subtle herbal and spicy touches.
Fresh and velvety taste, with a properly balanced acidity and a very pleasant aromatic aftertaste.
8. Dehesa de Luna Orígenes 2017. Dehesa de Luna Finca Biodiversity Reserve (Wine from Spain). Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo. €8.50. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
The first and best representative of the Campo de Montiel winery launches a label with a new image, remembering the red partridge, the most characteristic steppe bird of the estate. Do you have to tour that amazing estate to appreciate the wine? No, but fabric helps and it also makes you thirsty. Ah, okay, there’s not much you can do now but drink. Well, let’s drink. 6 months in barrel.
Medium layer wine and garnet red color.
On the nose it is a complex wine although it does not have a great aromatic intensity. We find ripe red fruit (cherry), hints of pastry and a touch of spices (cloves).
On the palate it presents polished tannins, sufficient volume, being an agile and balanced wine. Very pleasant and tasty. We find again in the mouth that fruit that we enjoyed on the nose together with a toffee finish typical of its stay in the barrel.
9. Pago de Valdoneje 2017. Valtuille wines (Bierzo). Mencia. €9.90. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
How we like El Bierzo, listen. How we like the Mencía in vein, in addition. Fruit of the concentration of old vines of this variety. 6 months in barrel.
Intense red color with hints of violet.
On the nose it is very fresh. Red fruits such as blackberries and wild berries; attached to the land of Bierzo with toasted notes of smoke and liquorice, there are also some touches of balsamic aromas, mainly mint.
The wine is well structured on the palate, with incredible depth and a lingering fruity finish. Perfect balance with very fine tannins.
10. Speak of Silence 2018. Bodegas Speak (VT Extremadura). Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc. €9.90. / Good and cheap red wines, our TOP 10
Bodegas Habla’s most celebrity wine saw four consecutive vintages (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) chosen Best Wine in Spain by the Spanish Association of Wine Journalists and Writers. bully! 6 months in barrel contemplate it.
Garnet, intense cherry with violet hues, characteristic of all the Hablas. In the glass it is bright and clean, with dense tears.
Intense and complex, with hints of cherry, blackberry, mint, pepper and graphite.
It is a sweet wine, fresh and fleshy at the same time, with abundant fruity notes and cherry liqueur chocolate.
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