Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I’ve had a special request to highlight Ten Wines for under $20. 

Your wish is my command!  This is in effect a recap of wines I have reviewed.  All but one is actually under $15!  We can all appreciate great value and taste combined, especially in these challenging times.  I will list them for you in today’s article, with key descriptions.  To remember more in depth, please see original review.  For folks out-of-state, check with your local stores/importers for availability. Enjoy!  

Château Bellevue La Randée 2009 - $10.99
Bordeaux, Proprietaire a Galgon, Gironde, France
45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.

Expressive & powerful, deep earthy/juicy fruits

Jean-Luc Thunevin/winemaker, Central Distributors, Lewiston, ME.
Old Port Wine Merchants, 223 Commercial St., Portland

Château La Baume 2007 - $11.99
Costières de Nîmes, The Andreoletti Family, Rhone Valley, France
50% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache

Spicy w/subtle perfume, buoyant dark red fruits/huckleberry, charred earth

T. Edwards Wines, NY/Importer,  Devenish Wines, Portland, ME
Rosemont Markets, 88 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland
Fattoria del Cerro Manero Rosso di Toscana 2009 - $10.99
Toscana, Italy
80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot.

Layered & sensual, wild berries, plum, black tea, easy on palate.

VIAS Imports.  Pine State Beverage Co., Gardiner, ME
Whole Foods, Rosemont Markets, Portland
Tenuta Olim Bauda Gavi di Gavi 2010 – under $14.00
Piedmont, Italy
100% Cortese

Lt gold, briny & saline, lemon meringue, clean, elegant, harmonious.

Wicked Wines, Bangor, ME
Rosemont Markets & Vignola Restaurant, Portland; Tess’s Market, Brunswick; Cleonise, Ellsworth; Francine’s, Camden; Wine Cellar, Rockland; Sawyer Specialty, Southwest Harbor; Lucerne Inn, Holden, ME

Mas Carlot, Les Enfants Terribles 2010 - $13.99
Costières de Nîmes, Rhone Valley, France
50% Mourvedre.  50% Syrah.

Scarlet, fig, cassis & dark fruits, pepper, silky, a real mouthful.

SoPo Wine Co., S. Portland, ME
Rosemont Markets, Munjoy & Brighton; Petite Jacqueline – 190 State St., Portland
Terredora DiPaolo Coda di Volpe 2009 - $12.99
Campania, Italy
100% Coda di Volpe

Color of spring, lightly floral aromas, fresh/lively citrus fruit, quince, medium body

VIAS Imports, Pine State Beverage Co., Gardiner, ME
Rosemont Market/Brighton, Portland
Ladera Sagrada A Portela Mencía 2010 - $13.99
Valdeorras, Spain
100% Mencía

Rich cherry & currant flavors, balsamic, smooth & spicy, flamenco!

Ole’ Imports, National Distributors, S. Portland, ME
Old Port Wine Merchants, Commercial St.; Cantina el Rayo, York Street, Portland
Domaine de Chateaumar Cuvee’ Bastien  2009 - $14.99
Cotes-du-Rhone, France
100% single vineyard old vine Grenache.

Declassified Chateauneuf-du-Pape, deep crimson, exotic dark fruit, hint chocolate, smooth

Bourgeois Family Selections, Asheville, N. Carolina, SoPo Wine Co., S. Portland
Rosemont Markets, Portland
Suavia Soave Classico D.O.C. 2009 - $14.99
Veneto, Italia
95% Garganega, 5% Trebbiano.

Pale gold, light citrus, pear, luscious weight/restraint, minerality

VIAS Imports, Pine State Beverage Co., Gardiner, ME
Old Port Wine Merchants, Commercial St., Portland
Jean-François Mérieau “L’Arpent de Vaudons”
Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – under $15.99
Touraine, France
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Hint of peach/honeydew melon, white pepper, well integrated, nectar, crisp/clean, lovely

MS Walker and Central Distributors, Lewiston, ME
Rosemont Markets, Whole Foods, Portland


  1. A nice selection of wines! Thanks for sharing; I will check some out.

    1. Thanks Deej ... enjoy the wines! How did you come about the site? Cheers, Lisa