|1. Les Dauphins||2. Milestone||3. Baby Super Tuscan|
There comes a point in every wine lover’s journey after they have sipped many fine monovarietal reds; they decide it is time to take the plunge into the world of red blends.
It is an exciting step, but blends can be a mixed bag. At one end of the spectrum, there are the perfectly nuanced, skilfully crafted styles, the fruit of which has been destined for such blends since vine pruning took place back in the winter. At the other end are the anonymous “why not throw all our excess red wine into one barrel and see what happens” kinds which are a travesty to grapes and wine. These can put you off blends for life!
Then there is the price to consider. Wine regions in France, California, and Italy for example, produce some of the most famed, classic, and drinkable red blends in the world. Unfortunately, they often have sky-high prices to match.
Never fear though. We have found a selection of delectable red blends from these very regions that will tick the right boxes for both your palate and your wallet.
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Top 3 Best Red Wine Blends Under $20 2021
1. Les Dauphins
This red blend is a beauty both inside and out. The shape of the bottle is so stylish, and the label has that art nouveau look that makes you rack your brain for an excuse to hold on to it after all its delicious contents have been drunk.
We would expect nothing less than fabulous flavor and flamboyancy from the sunny Côtes du Rhône wine region in France. Referred to as Southern Rhône Red Blend, the grapes in this heady, rich, fruity wine are local favorites dark fruity Syrah, spicy-tobacco Grenache, and tannic,savoryMourvèdre.These varietals get on so well together, they have even earned their own anagram: GSMs. Keep in mind that this Les Dauphins is produced in the same neck of the woods as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, so we are talking about a region famed for iconic winemaking. All the ingredients are there: sun, skill, tradition, and hardy grape varieties.
The Rhône is renowned for producing some of the best value wines in Franceand Les Dauphins is no exception. It has the signature Rhônered blend profile of ripe red and black summer fruit with spicy, peppery notes on the nose and palate. Elegantly structured with an ample finish, this red blend goes like a dream with beef stew, lamb dishes, and game. For vegetarians, cuisine featuring rich, tomato sauces is a sure winner.
Over in California, Milestone Wines operates with the philosophy that nothing will do but exceptional value for money. Their red blend of local favoritegrapesSyrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petite Sirah offers just this.
Some of the best reds from California are blends. This makes sense if you consider that the growing environment is friendly for a range of grape varieties and traditionally, there the open-minded approach to winemaking that has won this region a prime place on the world wine map.
An interesting twist on local and French blends, you can just smell the intense sunshine of the region in Milestone California Red Blend. It has a slightly sweet nose with plush black cherry and cassis on the palate. Syrah and Zinfandel add fruit intensity while Merlot softens the edges to make a silky blend. Petit Syrah brings up the rear with spice and body in this bold, acidic red blend. In signature Californian style, smooth vanilla shines through the nose, mouth, and on a generous finish.
When you sip its dark, balanced, velvety notes, this wine is such good value for money you can not help but wish you had bought a caseload!
This luscious red blend straddles light and heavy meats. It matches well with beef and also pairs perfectly with veal, chicken-heavy dishes, and anything with lamb. If you were a vegetarian, go for anything Italian; this red compliments tomato-rich dishes and creamy sauces.
3. Baby Super Tuscan Sangiovese – Cabernet Sauvignon
Does the wine term Super Tuscan conjure up images of caped, juggernaut wine bottles flying across the sky? It is true that a Super Tuscan is a powerful red blend but the only thing it destroys in its path is any idea you may have that these wines are inferior to other Tuscan styles. Far from it. A good Super Tuscan is big and full of refined personality, the kind of wine any red lover will fall for.
Super Tuscans emerged in the famed Italian region of Tuscany in the early 1970s. They did not fit in with the strict regional wine classification Denominazione di OrigineControllata (DOC) systems because winemakers made these blends with grapes that were not permitted under DOC rules.
Winemakers following this style admire Bordeaux blends with grapes from the famous French area like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot appearing in their wines alongside the renowned Tuscan varietal Sangiovese. They also favor the use of new oak, another feature of Bordeaux wines.
Super Tuscan wines have found a home under the IndicazioneGeograficaTipica(IGT) wine classification umbrella which reflects the freedom to include non-indigenous grapes in the blend.
Baby Super Tuscan is a lovely blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. It does not undergo barrel aging which is the norm for Super Tuscans (maybe that is why it is called a baby!) but this feature lends itself to a light, red blend that you can enjoy on cool summer nights and warm autumn days. The delicate personality of red cherry Sangiovese complements the body of Cabernet Sauvignon in a lightly tannic, fruit-forward blend with brambles, licorice, and spice.
If you love Chianti and Cabernet Sauvignon but are not a big fan of heavy oak, this refined red blend is great value for money. Pair it with light beef dishes, lamb, cured meat, chicken, and all kinds of pizzas.
When it comes to gorgeous and interesting red blends, these excellent-value wines are just the tip of the iceberg. We hope we have whetted your appetite to explore just what you can find when you have a taste for quality and $20 in your pocket.