Wines Under $20

Wines under $20

Mar 252013
2010 Giordano Nero d’Avola i.g.t. Sicilia Rosso, Sicily, Italy, $10 (S) – Rating 90

Nero d’Avola is the preeminent grape of Sicily and similar in style to New World Syrah/Shiraz displaying the jamminess one would expect from those wines. This Nero d’Avola is no exception with aromas of dark cherry with hints of dark chocolate and spice. A definite jamminess with moderate tannins on the palate offering flavors peppery plum, dark fruit and spicebox. Dark chocolate enhances the long finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 252013
2010 Giordano Piedmont Barbera d.o.c. Piemonte, Piedmont, Italy, $11 (S) – Rating 89

This medium-bodied red wine offers up firm tannins that soften in the glass and balanced acidity. The nose entices with notes of dark fruit, leather and spice. The palate will enjoy flavors of cherry, dark fruit, plum and dark spice with just a hint of cassis and leather. A long finish with notes of dark chocolate. Buy This Wine

Mar 252013
2010 Giordano Nebbiolo Langhe d.o.c., Piedmont, Italy, $15.50 (S) – Rating 88

Looking for a cold winter night wine, this Nebbiolo from Piedmont fits the bill with its aromas of dark cherry, leather and spice. The food pairing acidity will work well with winter stews and meats. Medium bodied with flavors of black cherry, ripe raspberry and dark fruit. The long finish offers subtle notes of root beer. Buy This Wine

Mar 252013
2010 Giordano Barbera d’Asti d.o.c.g. Piemonte Collection, Piedmont, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 89

Be patient with this big red wine. She needs at least an hour to show her full beauty. A rich nose of dark fruit, plum, cassis and dark spice is the prelude to a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins. Italian earthiness combines with flavors of dark cherry, black currant and plum with hints of leather and spice. Try pairing with grilled sausage. Buy This Wine

Mar 232013
2011 Giordano Negroamaro Pinot Nero Puglia, Apulia, Italy, $11 (S) – Rating 89

A full-bodied red wine blended of Pinot Nero and Negroamaro grapes offering an indulgent nose reminiscent of dark chocolate covered cherries. The palate will be treated to flavors of dark cherries and ripe plums with integrated and enticing notes of chocolate, espresso and saddle leather. Soft tannins create an easy drinking experience with enough acidity to pair well with richer meats. Buy This Wine